Lufkin Council Member says 'City Hall is lying to the people of Lufkin'

Lufkin Council Member says 'City Hall is lying to the people of Lufkin'

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Council Member Victor Travis is concerned with city hall's process of picking the new city manager.

"City Hall is lying to the people of Lufkin," said Travis.

This comes after Lufkin City Manager Paul Parker announced his retirement s in April. Parker has held his position since 2004.

Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown said in July, Lufkin City Council took a unanimous vote and the process then began to pick Parker's replacement.

However, Travis said the process didn't take place the way it should have.

"The city has been pretending to actually look for a city manager," said Travis.

He said the candidate that has been chosen had an unfair advantage and was chosen long before the search began.

"They wanted Keith to be city manager and no one else," said Travis.

Travis is talking about Keith Wright Lufkin's current Deputy City Manager.

Wright has worked for the city for about 10 years.

Travis said it's nothing personal, but he thinks the candidate lacks management skills, and the financial understanding to run the City of Lufkin.

Tuesday night Lufkin City Council will hold an executive session to vote in the new candidate. Brown wouldn't say if Wright is, in fact, the candidate that has been chosen, but explained the process of choosing the next city manager was very rigorous.

The city received 47 applicants and narrowed it down to eight and from that they interviewed four.

"They did narrow it down to four and we got one interview with each one of them but after the interviews there was lots of questions we had but we were not allowed to have a second interview or were allowed to ask the applicant questions which I thought was very unfair," said Travis.

In the end Lufkin's City Council vote on the final pick.

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