If City Council decided to fire City Manager Tommy Gonzalez for not doing his job, and he fought his termination in court, who would represent the City?
The City Manager is the City Attorney’s boss. She might not put in her best effort to fire someone she has worked with so intimately. Remember, the City Attorney used to report to the mayor, but now she reports to the City Manager. That’s just another innovation that happened at City Hall since Mr. Gonzalez became City Manager.
The City often contracts with Kemp Smith, and Kemp Smith specializes in helping corporations fire employees, but Kemp Smith might have worked with the City Manager on just the lawsuits that might get him fired. They’re conflicted out.
The City Manager makes more than $400,000 a year. He’s got deep pockets. He’s sure to hire the best lawyers money can buy.
Who would the City hire?
It might just be best to give him his golden parachute and walk away. Run the City without a City Manager for a little while, and see how it goes.
How much worse could it be?