IRVING -- By a vote of 5-to-3, the Irving City Council voted late Thursday night to amend the contract of city manager Tommy Gonzalez, effectively keeping him on the job another six months before he moves into a consulting position.

Gonzales will remain city manager through October 1, 2013. After that time, Gonzales will be retained by the city as its transitional consultant to the interim city manager. Gonzales will remain in that position at his current salary until December 31, 2013.

Gonzalez' contract was to up in May, but there have been concerns about the amount of money he makes and other ethical concerns. He is one of the highest-paid public employees in Texas, making an estimated $450,000 per year.

In a news release, the city council expressed its appreciation for his efforts.

"Mr. Gonzalez thanks the present and past city councils for providing him with the opportunity to serve as city manager of Irving," the release read. "A city is measured by the commitment of the city council, staff and community to its people and their achievements. Mr. Gonzalez would like to express his heartfelt appreciation to his staff and community and most importantly his family, for their support of him and City of Irving programs and services during his term as city manager."

The council met in executive session for almost an hour before making its decision.

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