FERRIS – City Manager David Chavez has tendered his resignation, citing “a matter of differing agendas” as his main reason.

An executive session was held by the city council during a called meeting Feb. 23, with Chavez telling the Daily Light he was not aware before hand there would be discussion concerning his future employment with the city. An agenda for the meeting had said the executive session was for the purpose of evaluating the performance of the city manager. During that session, however, Chavez said he found his job was in jeopardy.

“I just felt that it (to resign) was the best thing to do at this time,” Chavez said in a phone interview with the Daily Light, saying he was “thoroughly surprised by it.”

“It’s rather disingenuous when the board scheduled a closed meeting to discuss something that involves the livelihood and job performance of the city manager without any prior notification. And then to be denied the privilege of asking for a subsequent open session to address the issue,” he said. “I have had absolutely no opportunity to do any thinking about what I will do in the future.”

He said he believes his supporters were embarrassed by the situation.

Chavez came to Ferris in February 2008 from Odessa, where he worked as a real estate investor. 

His resignation is effective March 6, with Chavez saying he has no future plans yet.

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