Demoting LP&L Director Not Likely Mayor Says

Published 03/16 2014 01:58PM

Updated 03/16 2014 02:19PM

Glen Robertson (left) and Gary Zheng (right)
Glen Robertson (left) and Gary Zheng (right)
LUBBOCK,TX – There was talk last Thursday that maybe the Lubbock Power & Light board would demote or reassign Director Gary Zheng. Mayor Glen Robertson said it’s not likely.

“You keep or you fire him. You can’t play games - make him a consultant or whatever,” Robertson said.

Back in December revealed that if Zheng is fired, or demoted without cause or is singled out for a pay cut then LP&L would owe him two years’ salary – an amount more than $500,000.

“If they terminate him now, he’d probably get his money. They could have fired him in October and I think they should have,” Robertson said.

The recently-released internal investigation of LP&L by the Ashcroft law firm concluded that Zheng accepted information from associated with the bids in a major LP&L power supply project. It gave the appearance that one bidder was given an illegal advantage over the others.

In his defense the report said Zheng did not this person’s ties to the bidding. But he also never bothered to ask. Ashcroft determined that Zheng did not break the law. The bids have been thrown out and started over.

“I think you’ve got three or four people trying to fix this,” Robertson said. But that’s not a majority of the LP&L board.

“The majority of that board doesn’t think he did anything wrong. They come from the private sector, and they don’t understand; we’ve got a different set of laws we have to operate under.”

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