Vines fired as Glenn Heights city manager
By 11/02/2006 00:00:00
GLENN HEIGHTS - The City of Glenn Heights is experiencing more turnover in city government.
City Manager Georgia Vines was terminated Monday, Oct. 23 during a specially-called meeting after working for the city less than a year.
Michelle Morgan, Vines' attorney, claimed in a letter to the city council and city attorney her client was fired after writing a letter alleging then-Mayor Alvin DuBois had violated the law by overstepping his boundaries as mayor and creating a 'hostile work environment' for Vines.
Morgan said it was illegal under the Whistle-blower Act to against a person after they have reported a violation of the law by a government entity or public employee.
Serving as Glenn Heights mayor for only three months, DuBois resigned Aug. 31 after Vines and the police chief filed complaints against him.
'Quite simply, rather than being lauded for bringing her concerns to the council, Ms. Vines was retaliated against for those efforts,' Morgan stated.
She could not comment on whether Vines would file a lawsuit against the city for being terminated under the Whistleblower Act.
Last December, Vines was hired as city manager for the community which straddles the Ellis and Dallas County lines.
Vines requested in March the council give her a performance evaluation so she would if they were pleased with her performance, according to Morgan's letter.
A performance evaluation was finally provided in September, but Vines' performance was rated as unsatisfactory.
'Interestingly, this performance evaluation came on the heels of Ms. Vines complaints about the illegal activity of Mayor DuBois. And on the heels of her efforts to voice such complaints to the Council,' Morgan also stated in the letter.
City councilwoman Mary Ann Chancellor cast the lone vote against not firing Vines, according to Glenn Heights City Secretary Othel Murphee.
'In light of the upcoming elections, the council felt the timing was appropriate to allow Mrs. Vines to move on and enable the city to begin screening and identifying potential candidates for the position of city manager,' stated a press release issued by city officials.
Council members also meet in an emergency called meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19 to consult with the city attorney regarding a possibly lawsuit to be filed against the city by Vines. No action was taken following that meeting.