By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen City Council members Tuesday approved amending the city's budget by moving $117,000 to its contingency fund, which was used to pay the $750,000 buyout of former City Manager Connie Green.
The move came after a public hearing where no one spoke during the council's regular meeting. About 20 people were in attendance.
The money was moved from the city manager's fund to the city's general fund non-departmental account, which it used to pay Green in a lump sum the day after the council approved a settlement agreement.
All council members approved the amendment except Councilman Billy Workman. Mayor Tim Hancock said Councilman Ernest Wilkerson was not present because of illness.
"You're still paying the money right?" Workman said after the meeting. "I voted against it, the same way I voted last time. You've got to get money from somewhere. You've got to move the money from one place to another, you're still moving the money to pay (Green)."
Furthermore, Green should have received his retirement and the council could leave the city with legalities, Workman said.
"You have to think about where you're going to get the money from before you spend it," Workman added.
With few details listed, a "potential liability" related to the circumstances surrounding Green's departure was listed on the council's workshop agenda earlier that afternoon.
However, the council did not discuss the matter with its attorney at the session, Councilman Larry Cole said.
Green, 49, was named city manager in 2005 after David Blackburn resigned to become city manager in Temple. Green started with the city as finance director in 1990 and was promoted to assistant city manager in 2000.
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Killeen's council, mayor recall effort continues
A resident-led effort to recall all seven Killeen City Council members has until May 4 to collect the required 1,050 signatures from registered voters for each petition.
Jonathan Okray said Tuesday he will stop collecting signatures for the council seats on May 2 to have time to get paperwork back to the city by the deadline.
The effort to recall the mayor has a May 11 deadline.
As of Tuesday evening, the following number of signatures had been collected:
Larry Cole: 1,216
Scott Cosper: 1,328
Tim Hancock: 827
JoAnn Purser: 1,321
Juan Rivera: 1,202
Kenny Wells: 1,280
Ernest Wilkerson: 1,319
Billy Workman: 1,152
Petitions can be signed at 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.