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Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:10 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

An outside agency could be called to Killeen to investigate the circumstances regarding the departure of former City Manager Connie Green.

That option will be discussed along with the process and time line for selecting a permanent city manager at 4 p.m. today at the council's workshop in City Hall.

Councilman Larry Cole added the agenda item to consider an outside investigation. The move comes two weeks after a heated council session where a 4-3 vote opted to pay Green more than his contract's resignation clause stipulated. In exchange, both parties agreed not to pursue litigation.

In the meantime, former assistant city manager Glenn Morrison has taken over the city's operations as interim city manger.

Cole voted against the buyout of Green, along with council members Juan Rivera and Billy Workman. Council members JoAnn Purser, Ernest Wilkerson, Kenny Wells and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper voted in favor of paying Green $750,000.

Green's contract said he was to receive two years of salary plus benefits, an amount that council members and city staff have said was about $555,000.

Green, 49, became city manager in 2005 after former City Manager David Blackburn left to work the same position in Temple. In 1990, Green started with the city as finance director and was promoted to assistant city manager in 2000.

Starting as city manager, Green was making about $135,000 a year. By the end of his tenure, he was making about $195,000.

Purser pursues duplexes

Several public hearings concerning pending land-use cases are set to come before the council, many of which involve Councilwoman JoAnn Purser.

The public hearings will be during the regular meeting at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. The two hearings concern companies owned by Purser's husband, Gary Purser Jr.

One hearing is to consider a request from Killeen Sunflower Inc. to rezone about 8 acres from single-family garden home zoning to allow for duplexes.

Four property owners within a 200-foot radius sent notices opposing the changes, some calling for single-family use instead. The property is bound by Watercrest Road to the north, Bachelor Button Boulevard to the west and Foxglove Lane to the south and east.

RSBP Developers, also owned by Gary Purser, requested the city deviate from its comprehensive plan, which was approved in November 2010. The change would redesignate the area general residential, as opposed to suburban residential within about 6 acres on the east side of Bunny Trail.

This would allow for fewer restrictions on buildings in the area, such as an allowance for more duplexes. The change further requests that the 6 acres be redesignated to an R-2 multifamily district, which is zoning set up for duplexes.

City Hall is at 101 N. College St. Both meetings are open to the public.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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