Report on Firing of City Manager Might Be Released

The firing of City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld has never been fully explained by Lubbock City Council. That might change soon.
The firing of City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld has never been fully explained by Lubbock City Council.  That might change soon.

Council voted in mid-July to remove Dumbauld and then settled out-of-court with her for roughly $350,000.  Council never spoke publicly except Mayor Glen Robertson said she was fired “without cause,” and he was not pleased about it.

City Attorney Sam Medina removed his office from decision-making on the Dumbauld case.  So, the city hired an attorney from Amarillo, Tom Riney, to handle it.

Riney’s factual report, presented to the city the same day as Dumbuald’s firing, was never released to the public, and on October 8, the state Attorney General ruled that the report can be kept secret.

While the city is under no legal requirement to release the report, later this month the City Council will consider “waiving the attorney/client privilege in connection with the report presented to council by Mr. Tom Riney…”

Councilman Victor Hernandez is the one proposing to make the report public.  Hernandez had a very public dispute with Dumbauld prior to her firing.  He accused her of dating the family member of another Council member.  She accused him of stalking her.

Hernandez has not yet returned calls for comment.

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