Internal City Hall Probe Leads To Two Firings, Two Resignations

KILLEEN (December 12, 2012)—Killeen Finance Director Barbara Gonzales was fired Wednesday and the city’s director of fleet services, Kim Randall, resigned effective immediately as the result of an internal probe that also led to the firing of fleet services employee John Acker and the immediate resignation of technician David Riddle.

The city has not disclosed the nature of the investigation or the findings, but said in a press release Wednesday it “involved all aspects of the operation of the fleet services division…(which) is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all city vehicles.”

Martie Gillespie was appointed interim director of finance until a permanent replacement for Gonzales is selected.

City Manager Glenn Morrison said Gonzales’ firing was “in the best interest of the City of Killeen.”

"Change is never easy, but I am confident that our finance staff will ensure that departmental services continue during this transition."

Erich Morsbach was appointed interim fleet services director.

"These changes were necessary to ensure the future success of fleet services," Morrison said.

Gonzales was hired in 2003 as the city’s general services director and was named finance director in March 2007. She also served as assistant director of finance from 1990 to 1995.

She headed the department responsible for the city’s fiscal management and oversaw the accounting, purchasing, print services, building services, custodial services, fleet services and utility collections divisions.

Randall had worked for the city since 1988 and oversaw maintenance and repair of all city-owned vehicles.