The city of Killeen personnel review board will hear the appeal Wednesday of Barbara Gonzales, the city’s former city finance director who was fired four months ago.
Gonzales was fired Dec. 12 after two months on paid administrative leave, pending the internal investigation of the city’s motor pool. The investigation led to three other city employees losing their jobs.
The appeal hearing, which is open to the public, will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 101 N. College St.
Wednesday’s appeal is separate from the lawsuit filed by the former finance director in the Bell County district court under the Texas Whistleblower Act. She filed the lawsuit after she was fired.
“Barbara is insisting that the hearing be held in public, even though she could have had it remain confidential,” Gonzales’ attorney Bill Aleshire said.
Gonzales’ case will be heard by the five-member personnel hearing board, composed of Frederick Bee, Dirk Davis, Rosa Hereford, Valerie Jordan and Brockley Moore.
Members were picked by Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison in January.
The members must be of no relation to any past or present paid employees of the city, according to city policy.
After hearing the case, the board can either uphold Gonzales’ termination, reverse the termination based on discrimination or reverse the termination based on whether it was “a disproportionate penalty based on the infraction committed,” according to the policy.
Gonzales’ termination letter, signed by Morrison, said she was fired, “due to a number of issues that have occurred” under her management.
When questioned, the city did not say what issues led to Gonzales’ firing.
“The board is appointed by Morrison, and Morrison has the final decision. Our expectations are pretty low but we will give it a fair shot,” Aleshire said.
The last city personnel hearing was held January 2012, according to the city.