MANOR, Texas -- Over the past several months, five Manor city employees have either been fired or forced to resign by City Manager Steve Shanks. That’s according to the former employees and the former mayor of Manor, Jeff Turner.
All five of the former employees have filed formal grievances wtih the city council against Shanks.
On Wednesday one of those former employees spoke to KVUE about the allegations against Shanks.
Paulina Torres says while she served as city secretary, she witnessed Shanks make several questionable choices.
“During the elections of last year, he was going over candidate applications and he called me in and showed me the gun and said 'I have this just in case things get ugly.'"
That incident is mentioned in her formal grievance, as well as accusations that Shanks abused his power by accusing her and other employees of things they didn't do.
“I said, 'If you want me to resign, I'll resign, but the write-ups were not based on anything,'” said Torres.
"Did he misuse credit cards and buy gas at HEB in Elgin, and carwashes, and candies, and personal uses for family? Yes he did, and that's on your record. It can't be ignored,” said former mayor of Manor Jeff Turner, who hired Shanks two years ago.
Wednesday night after going into executive session for several hours, Manor City Council members announced they will not elect an ethics committee to look into the allegations.
They did announce that the yearly auditor will be asked to go over every receipt.
Shanks declined to comment except to say that everything was addressed in executive session.