Floresville council debates city manager's job amid $385,000 deficit

Floresville City Council lays out criteria for city manager

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FLORESVILLE, Texas - A standing room only packed a special city council meeting Tuesday night to address a $385,000 city deficit and the job of city manager, Andy Joslin.

Joslin's employment has been called into question due to the deficit.

A portion of the deficit was incurred by legal fees, some of which were under the previous council.

But many in the crowded meeting were there to support Joslin. Dozens of them wore green shirts that said "I built," referencing a speech Joslin once gave city employees.

"Did you build the city of Floresville's image or did you break it?" said one man during public comment as he quoted Joslin's speech.

Others offered the council suggestions on what to do about Joslin's future.

"Give him six months to turn the city around. Not get rid of the debt that's been incurred, but to get the city operating on a day to day basis where it's not adding to that debt," said another supporter.

According to Joslin's attorney, Luis Vera, his employment contract with the city states he cannot be terminated without first being given a quarterly review, which hasn't been done by the current city council.

Vera adds that Joslin must first be given a chance to correct any poor performance noted in that review before he can be legally fired.

"You have to give him an evaluation and you have to give him a chance to cure that," said Vera before the council.

The council, along with Joslin and Vera, went into closed session at 9:15 pm Tuesday to discuss Joslin's job.

The result of that closed session, says Vera, was criteria laid out by the council for Joslin to meet in the next 90 days.

That criteria focuses on reporting financial information to city council faster, according to Vera.

Vera says the council plans to do a quarterly evaluation of Joslin in the future.

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