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IRVING Tempers flared in Irving Monday night over whether the City Council should offer buyout to their city manager.

Council member Dennis Webb walked out of a town hall meeting at Farrow Recreation Center. He is upset that the plan to offer City Manager Tommy Gonzalez a reported $500,000 buyout has become a public conversation.

"I'm not discussing it," Webb said. "I told you a minute ago, okay? I'm not discussing it."

Webb then abruptly got up and left the meeting.

Gonzalez' contract expires in just over a month, but Council members plan to vote Wednesday on whether he should get a golden parachute to step down.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said she's shocked over the proposed contract buyout.

Council member Roy Santoscoy said Gonzalez has done a great job for Irving, and he deserves to be rewarded rather than just released.

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