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Killeen’s terminated employees can appeal

Two finance staffers have until Wednesday to ask city for hearing

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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 4:30 am

As of Friday, neither of the two Killeen employees who were fired last week over allegations of “mismanagement and misappropriation of city time and equipment,” have chosen to appeal their terminations with the city.

Killeen’s finance director, Barbara Gonzales, and fleet services technician, John Acker, reserved their rights to appeal by refusing to resign when City Manager Glenn Morrison notified them of their impending terminations Wednesday.

Gonzales and Acker have until Wednesday to appeal their terminations, city spokeswoman Hilary Shine said.

The alleged misconduct was discovered through a two-month investigation by the Killeen Police Department into the Fleet Services Division, which maintains all city-owned vehicles.

If the employees choose to appeal, a hearing will be held before the Personnel Hearing Board, consisting of three non-civil service employees who are not related to any city employee, according to city policy.

Also, the employees have the option to choose whether the hearing will be held in public or in private.

As a result of the investigation, two other city employees left their jobs. Fleet Services Director Kim Randall retired and fleet services technician David Riddle resigned.

The city has not yet released the full documents from the investigation.

“The city did a very thorough job with the investigation,” Mayor Dan Corbin said. “I don’t think they left any stone unturned.”

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