IRVING — Irving City Council members postponed making a decision about the future of embattled City Manager Tommy Gonzalez Wednesday night.
Council members spent more than three hours meeting behind closed doors talking about whether to offer Gonzalez a buyout, a new contract, or to let his current contract expire.
Giving him a buyout could cost the city an estimated $500,000 on top of Gonzalez' estimated $450,000 annual salary.
The closed-door executive session meeting began at 6:45 p.m. Two hours later, Mayor Beth Van Duyne emerged to tell waiting constituents a decision was not going to happen.
"It is not clear what way we are going," she said. "The fact is, if [citizens] are going to come and speak about a resolution, I want them to know what the resolution is. And it's quite clear we are not at that point."
Gonzalez is one of the highest-paid city managers in the nation, but he's been accused of questionable ethics decisions.
And the idea of a half-million dollar buyout upsets a lot of citizens. It's a big decision — one Council members apparently yet aren't ready to make.