The Glen Rose City Council came out of an executive session Thursday afternoon and voted to “proceed with possible litigation regarding the previous city administrator” — Chester Nolen.
Mayor Sue Oldenburg told the Glen Rose Reporter on Friday morning that the motion put forward by City Council member Chris Bryant and seconded by Dennis Moore was approved by a 3-2 vote. Robert Marquez and Linda James cast the “no” votes, while Moore, Bryant and Julia Douglas voted “yes.”
The wording of the motion states that the city will “retain the legal services of Lynn, Ross and Gannaway,” and also approved current interim City Administrator Michael Leamons to “proceed with the process.”
Lynn, Ross and Gannaway, LLC, is a law firm with offices in Fort Worth.
On June 11, the council and Nolen terminated his $93,000 one-year contract by mutual agreement, with the voting margin being 3-2 in favor. That came three months into the one-year contract extension, and was effective that same day. The Council also approved a severance deal in which Nolen was paid the equivalent of six months salary.
Controversy about the circumstances of that sequence of events surfaced on social media soon after it was announced.
Oldenburg said that there were a few other items addressed in Thursday’s meeting, such as future budget workshop dates, but when asked about the motion concerning the litigation, the mayor stated, “I can’t make a comment on that.”