Yet another city employee is making allegations that some members of the Lubbock City Council are retaliating against him. Today in a four to three vote, the council relieved Kevin Overstreet of his duties as Director of Emergency Management. Mayor Tom Martin says the decision is about efficiency. He claims Overstreet had too much on his plate handling both emergency management and animal services for the city, but Overstreet disagrees, saying the decision is about retaliation. He says Martin and others are trying to get back at him for taking part in an FBI investigation into illegal activity at city hall. Councilwoman Linda DeLeon, who voted to keep Overstreet in both positions, says she agrees this could be retaliation and she's concerned.
DeLeon says, "It's the FBI investigation. It's like they want you to turn away if you see something wrong and not say anything about it."
Overstreet is the second city employee this week to accuse some members of the council of retaliation. Earlier this week, City Secretary Becky Garza made similar allegations.