Diboll City Manager on probation after allegations of misconduct

Diboll City Manager on probation after allegations of misconduct
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - The Diboll City Council put City Manager Gerry Boren on probation for the remainder of his 18 month contract during Monday's city council meeting.

On June 21, Diboll City Attorney Jimmy Cassels confirmed that the city was looking into allegations against a city employee but would not confirm it was Boren.

Monday night's decision to put Boren on probation makes it clear he was the city official the city had received complaints about. According to the city council, Boren inappropriately touched a city employee.

The city council also decided to put cameras in their offices to track everyone in the city offices. The city council said they plan to have the cameras by next month.

The city secretary Sarah Thompson, who's on paid administrative leave, will not return until the cameras are installed.

Diboll City Mayor John McClain said it was tough but ultimately felt like they made the right call.

"I think we made the right decision. We could have gone all the way from doing nothing to terminating the employee we didn't think it warranted termination." McClain said.

Upon hearing the final decision some city members were not pleased.

One Diboll resident had to be escorted out by Diboll police after he had an outburst for not being able to talk during Monday's city council meeting on the topic of Boren's probation.

Last week, the Diboll City Council looked over a report conducted by Nacogdoches attorney Kelli Karczewski into the matter but decided to take on action in an executive session.

Boren was mostly silent during the meeting and gave this statement after the final vote.

"The third party investigation was very thorough. This has been a very difficult time for me and my family. I just want to move forward and do positive things for Diboll." Borren said in his statement.  

Boren was named city manager in November 2015 coming from Gun Barrel City, where he served as City Manager for eight years.

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