LUBBOCK, TX – The Lubbock Power & Light board voted 6 – 3 against firing LP&L Director Gary Zheng Wednesday afternoon. His job status was the only item on the agenda.
Most recently Zheng had been accused of retaliation and sharing confidential information with another utility company. Mayor Glen Robertson had been lobbying for several months to have Zheng fired from the city-owned utility.
The Electric Utility Board had one two other occasions decided to keep Zheng amid allegations in late 2013 that he mishandled the bids on a huge power supply contract. Zheng was cleared of any wrongdoing by an internal investigation; but the bids were considered tainted, and the bidding process was started over.
Even with a new round of allegations Zheng remains in good standing with a majority of the board.
EverythingLubbock.com was the first to report that Zheng has a separation agreement with LP&L. It says Zheng is entitled to two years of salary and benefits if he is fired for reasons “other than cause.” But he can be fired for cause without financial penalty to LP&L.