Irving city manager accused of breaking the law

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 7:28 PM

IRVING - A former Irving city employee said she was asked by the city manager to destroy documents in apparent violation of state law.

Former Irving Deputy City Attorney Brenda McDonald says in 2009, Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez encouraged her and other city employees to delete her Blackberry mail, rather than make them available to The Dallas Morning News, which had filed a Public Information Act request.

McDonald said she refused to destroy her messages and as a result, was later forced by Gonzalez to resign.

Her sworn affidavit is part of a lawsuit filed last week by the Las Colinas Group against the City of Irving. The group was the proposed developer of the entertainment center project recently shelved by vote of the Irving City Council.

Gonzalez denies the allegation.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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