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Mayor’s vote breaks tie to reprimand manager


Mayor’s vote breaks tie to reprimand manager
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR. — Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner (foreground) listens as members of the Floresville City Council deliver comments, as part of Turner’s quarterly evaluation, during the June 26 city council meeting.


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July 2, 2014
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FLORESVILLE (revised 7/2/14) -- City Manager Henrietta Turner has been chastised by the Floresville City Council for allegedly failing to personally deliver a reprimand to Chief Lorenzo Herrera of the Floresville Police Department. The action came after Mayor Diana Garza’s vote to break the council’s 2-2 tie during its June 26 meeting.

Turner had reprimanded Herrera, with a notation being made in his personnel file, following a grievance filed by a female employee of the department. The chief would not elaborate as to the nature of the grievance, only to say that a female employee reported being treated unfairly and that the situation since has been resolved.

The tie vote occurred because Councilman Johnny Ray Nieto had to excuse himself from the meeting for personal reasons. Nieto did, however, join his fellow councilmen in expressing what they saw as Turner’s strengths and weaknesses as part of her quarterly evaluation.

With the exception of councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo and Mario Morones, the council members and Garza agreed that Turner’s strengths included her willingness to be involved with community organizations, project planning, and working to pull Floresville from its insolvency. Weaknesses included perceived lack of communication with the council and with city employees.

Castillo, in delivering her remarks, read for more than 17 minutes from a prepared document outlining perceived deficiencies. The councilman went so far as alleging that Turner is a poor decision maker who frequently changes her mind and uses bad grammar in written correspondence.

Morones accused Turner of showing favoritism toward certain city employees, but did not cite specific examples. He also criticized Turner for the way she handled an employee grievance filed against Herrera, moving that she be reprimanded. Castillo seconded the motion and the two councilmen voted in favor. Councilmen John W. Guerrero and Eric Rodriguez voted in opposition, with Garza voting in favor of the reprimand when she broke the tie.

With regard to the grievance, the council -- after one of three closed sessions during the meeting -- voted to lift the reprimand Turner issued to Herrera.

Another of the closed sessions ended with the council voting unanimously to grant Municipal Judge Sheila Garza-Medina a 4-1/2-percent salary increase. Turner after the meeting did not have the dollar figures associated with the change, but said it amounted to roughly $1 more per hour. Garza-Medina is Wilson County’s only municipal judge who is employed in that capacity on a full-time basis. Wilson County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson spends one day per month each as municipal judge in both La Vernia and Stockdale. In Poth, Judge Hilda Tejada works two half-days each week.









 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 10, 2014 12:22pm
 
Chief, even at that rate we are getting screwed.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 10, 2014 10:33am
 
Where are the Texas Rangers when you really need them? Oh, that's right. Down on the border.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
July 9, 2014 1:50pm
 
One hundred dollars for the Mayor. Seventy five dollars for a member of the City council Tonto says "you get what you pay for' Kemo Sabe. Sounds fair. :-)

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 9, 2014 1:07pm
 
Sam, Henrietta would not stand a chance. She is not related to enough people in Floresville (the next Crystal City). I think her treatment is a racist act and is retaliation for criticism of one of the group.

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
July 8, 2014 4:09am
 
THING GOT BAD, THINGS GOT WORSE I GUESS YOU KNOW THE TUNE OH LORD, STUCK IN LODI AGAIN

 
Justified  
Law West of the Pecos  
July 7, 2014 1:52pm
 
As I re-read this article, 3 words stand out to me; perceived, alleging, accused. Mrs. Castillo and Mr. Morones have treated Mrs. Turner like a criminal. Henrietta have you talked to a lawyer? I hope you do and very soon if ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
July 7, 2014 11:29am
 
Just give the mayor a phone and a pen and she'll be set!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 7, 2014 9:46am
 
Hey Squawky.... Maybe the Mayor and the council think they have the power to issue executive orders. LOL

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
July 7, 2014 2:50am
 
'3-08 CITY COUNCIL NOT TO INTERFER WITH APPOINTMENTS. Neither the City Council nor any of its members shall direct the appointment of any person to the office by the City Manager or by any of his subordinates. Except for ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
July 6, 2014 7:55pm
 
Doesn't the Chief of Police work for the City Manager as outlined in the city charter ? So the CC reprimanded the boss for failing to deliver a reprimand to an employee. Sounds like interference which is prohibited by ... More ›

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