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Waxahachie: Senior Center employee fired; City manager issues apology

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WAXAHACHIE – Last Thursday, Sept. 9 was one trip to Oklahoma Ruby Garner will not forget.

The Waxahachie Senior Center, which just opened this past April, held a group trip to Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla., leaving Garner, 64, behind after she failed to show up for her bus’ departure.

After much public scrutiny, Cindi Schneider, executive director of the senior center, was fired by the city Monday, Sept. 13 with City Manager Paul Stevens issuing a state-

ment later in the afternoon.

"I am sorry," stated Stevens.

"That’s really all I can say about one of our Senior Center members being left behind at the Choctaw Casino.

As city employees, we are in the people business. 

As city manager, I expect our residents and customers to be treated with respect, particularly when we are providing a service like the Senior Center."

Stevens went on as stating the senior center is still a great place to learn a new craft, take computer lessons, exercise, play games or simply enjoy a cup of coffee with friends.

"This is not a way I want the city of Waxahachie to do business and moving forward, we will do better."

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