Some city representatives wanted harsh sanctions placed on City Manager Tommy Gonzalez following an ethics investigation into alleged impropriety on several city projects, according to documents obtained by the El Paso Times.Those sanctions included revoking his controversial $61,000 raise and prohibiting him from doing outside consulting.The sanctions did not materialize in the final plan signed by Gonzalez on March 15 — a decision that some city representatives said devalued its purpose.Gonzalez asked that the performance improvement plan be renamed and questioned the decision by the mayor and council to place him under the plan, according to the documents obtained by the Times under the open records law.“A better suited title would be ‘2016 Statement of Goals and Expectations,’ ” Gonzalez said in a March 15 letter to the mayor and council. The document signed by Gonzalez contained that title, rather than the performance improvement plan that the council had voted to pursue in a Feb. 29 meeting.Gonzalez could not be reached for comment.Performance improvement plans are a human resources tool used to define issues that need to be addressed with an employee who is not meeting standards. Once those expectations are clearly defined and formalized with the individual, the organization or company might not be liable if the… Read full this story
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