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2015-04-23

City employees drop like flies

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Making it a trifecta, another employee has recently left the ranks of the City of Bandera.
The last day on the job for Lisa Chacon, who doubled as utility clerk and animal control clerk, was Monday, April 20. In her letter of resignation, she cited "retaliation" and a "hostile work environment" as her reasons for leaving.
She joins now-decamped Director of Public Works JR Higgins and Treasurer Betty Brown, who will leave the last of April. In fact, Higgins, who apparently was granted a Friday vacation day, never returned to his job. His purported disappearance echoed the fate of Charlie - "the man who never returned" - in the song, "MTA."
On Monday, April 20, Bandera City Council held a special meeting to discuss in executive session "personnel matters with the city administrator, city treasurer, utility clerk and municipal court clerk," according to the posted agenda. The agenda also included "to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of public officer or employee" and "to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee."
However, Mayor John Hegemier said that no action was taken after council reconvened in open session. He also noted that the position of public works director has been posted on the website of the Texas Municipal League. In addition, Hegemier said that City Administrator Lamar Schulz has scheduled interviews with several applicants for the treasurer's post.