Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bye Bye, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

Well, reason finally reared its head in the chambers of the Eagle Pass, Texas city council and they got rid of the city manager who lied on his resume about his education and prior work experience. To add insult to his injury he was then arrested after being shown the door.

Good for them for finally doing the right thing here after they endorsed him last week despite knowing about the lies.

Maybe they need to purchase this book?

Eagle Pass manager arrested on way out
Sara Inés Calderón: Express-News

EAGLE PASS — Weeks of investigation and a resume full of lies caught up with this border town's interim city manager Tuesday as council members voted unanimously to take steps to fire him amid applause and whistles from a standing-room-only crowd.
"Once the investigation was completed, it was an easy decision," said Mayor Chad Foster, who made the motion to set Glen Starnes' pre-termination hearing for next Tuesday.

Less than 45 minutes after the council ended its closed-door session to debate Starnes' termination, police arrested him, charging him with fraudulently getting a government job, Maverick County Sheriff Tomas S. Herrera said. He was released on $5,000 bail.

If convicted the misdemeanor charge could net him up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Starnes had admitted to lying — "fluffing," in his own words — on his resume and the council initiated an investigation into his past in mid-December. The vote Tuesday suspended him without pay and the council can vote to terminate him at next week's meeting.

Tuesday's vote originally was scheduled to make him the city's permanent manager, after he made an impassioned speech last week defending his background and the work he has done. The council unanimously backed Starnes last week.

However, after the public learned of repeated fabrications on his resume, the council was pressed to remove Starnes. Hired in July for $85,000 a year, Starnes said: