• February 27, 2017

Fired director, city play blame game

Four-person board must decide whether Barbara Gonzales was terminated unfairly

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  • Eliza posted at 12:01 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 1093

    @ Her personnel file, which spans her 14 years with the city, contains virtually no written complaints from Morrison or other supervisors.

    I think what happened, when Ms Gonzales copied the C. of Police's name onto an e-mail message to the city manager, that was when Morrison decided to get rid of her .
    But she couldn't have been too much of a problem if she had no written documentation in her employee file.
    I believe Morrison didn't make the decision by himself to be rid of Ms Gonzales ,but will have to take full blame and may be thrown under the bus, since his name is the only one on the official firing notice.

    I think Ms. Gonzales did the citizens a favor by letting them know about all the thief's at the city garage.
    The tax payer has lost a lot of money all around, with the law suits already paid out, Missing money bags, dinners being bought that cost thousands of dollars, tickets bought for family members to travel, and to find out the peoples patrol cars were being striped for personal use,
    No wonder there were not that many patrol cars on the streets, there probably were many that didn't have all working parts.

  • truebluebell posted at 11:57 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    truebluebell Posts: 17

    Let's be honest here, the city manager does not plan on un-firing Ms. Gonzales regardless of the recommendations of this committee. The city manager wants her fired, so I don't even know why the city attempts to convince the citizens that they are fair and open. It is a waste of the time of the good people of the committee.

  • Max67 posted at 9:30 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Max67 Posts: 63

    The purpose of this hearing was to address the disproportionate treatment of long-term city employee, Barbara Gonzales, who was fired w/o a shred of supporting documentation. Having no documentation, the city tried to use the same disgraceful and pathetic tactic of tryIng to taint her by talking about events that a) they have admitted they (not for lack of trying) were completely unable to tie to her and b) didn't even happen as they claim they did.

    Ms. Gonzales stated from the beginning the allegations that were being made (as well as the findings) were incorrect and not supported by the documentation.

    The city auditor who conducted the audit/investigation lacked any independence, contrary to IIA and GAO standards. She reported directly to City Mgr. Morrison - for whom she conducted the audit - and for whom audits that would have had a negative effect were discontinued at his request).

    Ms. Wallace also lacked any expertise in the area she was suddenly auditing/investigating. An important aspect of auditing is first becoming knowledgeable of the subject you are about to audit. It was later shown that much of Ms. Wallace's findings were incorrect and disproven by those with subject matter expertise. I believe Ms. Gonzales was keenly aware of Ms. Wallace's short-comings in this field and wanted to be sure she knew the facts from those who had the expertise.

    Speaking of interference, the gag order they placed on Ms. Gonzales, preventing her from communicating with any of her staff was unfounded and issued for the benefit of Glenn.

    Wouldn't interference be what Glenn did when he refused to allow audits/investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse complaints over areas for which he was responsible at the time of the complaint? Seriously, Ms. Gonzales communicated w/
    some of her staff? She also put in so much overtime working late night after night - that she lost over 1358 hours in overtime. I think history has shown us what kinds of things Glenn was focusing on during his time in and out of the office.

  • concerncitizen posted at 9:25 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    concerncitizen Posts: 3

    I've posted several times because i get angry when i think about the hearing. Being retired, i decided to attend this hearing. The hearing members were very knowlegable about personnel procedures. Apparently, they had no facts/documentation before the hearing. They tried to get facts about the firing but no city official provided a logical answer not supporting documents.

    I think Killeen have a group of corrupt city officials. The mayor should be ashame of this administration. Employees have rights and the city is violating these rights.

    I am proud of the hearing board for standing up to these corrupt officials

  • Baylor posted at 9:09 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Baylor Posts: 197

    Starting to sound like all the cities in South Texas.

  • Max67 posted at 8:58 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Max67 Posts: 63

    Is the only thing they can drag up the fact that she chose to find out the facts for herself about events that were being reported about people much further down the line in divisions for which she was ultimately responsible? If she hadn't tried to follow-up, they would have accused her of being disengaged or a poor manager.

    Is it a surprise that Glenn, who has been shown to expect to break the rules/laws, was unhappy w/ Ms. Gonzales in ways that he COULD NOT document?

    The reason he didn't document the issues he had - and instead chose to verbally reprimand her behind closed doors (as even Ms. Gonzales has stated) is because the reprimands were for Ms. Gonzales refusing to give in on Glenn's demands for her to allow him to break the rules w/o requiring him to continually override her to do so. She was the Finance Director who followed rules and took very seriously the responsibility of protecting taxpayer funds. However, she stood in his way - until he was allowed to just fire her for disagreeing w/ him and his inappropriate and illegal actions.

    Is it also a surprise that Glenn, who again has no documentation to support his claims, states Barbara was always on the opposite side of the issues? Could it be that those were the individuals for whom he repeatedly wanted her to break the rules, which included himself? The reason there was no documentation is because

    Ms. Gonzales would have contested any such reprimands for requiring him to follow the laws and that would have further exposed him and the individuals for whom he repeatedly broke the laws.

  • concerncitizen posted at 5:38 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    concerncitizen Posts: 3

    the citizens of Killeen should be aware of what came out of this hearing. things the mayor and managers don't want you to know. not following written personnel policies, stealing from all employees, corrupt city manager, external auditors being paid for not doing nothing for the city, internal auditors not conducting annual audit, inventories not conducted. The list is so long. The mayor made it sound like the board members were ignorant but the were very knowlegeable. They went after the city manager and he couldn't respond!!!. I'm glad I witness this great performance by the hearing board.

  • eyesofkilleen posted at 11:26 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    eyesofkilleen Posts: 3

    Good article. The city staff should learn to follow their own rules. they make them and then break them. This meeting started off with a good example of the chairman trying to follow the rules but was overturned. Job performance should be done in a timely fashion and documented. Job counseling should be done in a timely fashion and followed. This should be the basis for any other actions. The military knows this well. Inventories were hardly ever done, supervising was poor. These thefts could have been taken care of years ago.

  • Viktor posted at 10:38 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 319

    Rerun! We already saw this drama with the EMS billing disputes in the city under the last city manager before Glenn. There was a individual on council that went around & wanted to chit chat with city employees about concerns on the EMS billing issues. Then it was he said, she said. Former city manager, Green got a $750K parting gift & last council was recalled. There was no documentation supporting Green's decline in performance. In fact he received pay raises prior to his sudden departure. Sounds like city didn't learn a thing. After a $750K fiasco at least start keeping written documentation of job performance so you can have support to fire an employee. Glenn gave this finance director verbal reprimands? Seriously?