Lubbock City Manager Bob Cass Resigns
Sources tell NewsChannel 11 City Manager Bob Cass could have walked away with $800,000 as a part of his severance package, but it's a two way street. According to Cass's contract, he would have to pay the city the $800,000 if the city council were to fire Cass. And that's why Cass wanted to renegotiate.
Cass ended up compromising for a $225,000 severance package, in order to effectively quit his job. That total is equivalent to his annual salary plus benefits.
Today we sat down with Cass and he told us his reasons why he wants to go.
"You just come to the recognition that it's time to move on. There's other things I want to do in my life. This was a great job. There's a lot of pressure in this job, but there's a lot of fun. You mix that all together and realize it's time to go," said Cass.
Cass says recent controversy, like the West Texas Municipal Power Agency mismanagement situation, is also a reason he's leaving. "I'd say the last few years have been tough. We've had some public issues. Some of them have been painful issues to deal with. So yeah, that plays a role in it," said Cass.
Mayor Marc McDougal says he knew about Cass's request after the May election. The Mayor says he's been in discussions with Cass on and off about possible contract renegotiation. The Mayor says he brought Cass's recommendation to the rest of the City Council Thursday morning during a private meeting.
And after lengthy debate, the Mayor says council agreed on the $225,000 deal.
"Bob's been here ten years. Bob's done an outstanding job, but I think in the direction we're heading Bob saw a need for a change in leadership. And so, when you look at that, we came to an agreement," said Mayor McDougal.
Cass's last day is April 30th, but he has agreed to provide consultation to the Council on city issues for one year.