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ABC-7 Xtra guests discuss El Paso city manager contract and possible payout

EL PASO, Texas - ABC-7 broke the news earlier in the week that city manager, Tommy Gonzalez, is one of four finalists for a similar position in Frisco, Texas.

City leaders will meet Monday during a special city council meeting to discuss Gonzalez's contract; whether to sweeten the deal to keep him or discuss his severance payout if he decides to leave.

That severance payout could total one million dollars.

ABC-7 Xtra guests include District 4 Representative, Joe Molinar, who says if Gonzalez wants to leave, the city should cut the cord and let him go.

Another guest, former representative Lily Limon, who was part of the council that hired Gonzalez in 2014. She tells ABC-7 she now has reservations about having hired him.

District 3 Representative Cassandra Hernandez believes Gonzalez has done a great deal to move the city along during his tenure and that city leaders should do everything they can to keep that type of talent in El Paso.

Watch ABC-7 Xtra, Sunday at 10:35 p.m.

Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



  1. Why should the tax payer be responsible for his contract if he quits?

    This reminds me of when we paid the contract of the EPISD superintendent when he resigned.

    Why are these ridiculous contracts written that way? Shame on human resources for allowing this.

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