Some Hutto council members want the city manager gone

FILE - City of Hutto (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - City of Hutto (KXAN File Photo)

HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Hutto City Council Member Ann Cano is lacking faith in Karen Daly, the city manager of Hutto.

“There have been several instances where things have not been happening the way they should be,” says Cano. Like partnerships. Cano says the city discontinued partnerships it once had with the school district and the county.

“Things have changed in that way, and now they’re being charged full price and we’re being charged full price and relationships are melting,” says Cano.

Cano blames City Manager Karen Daly, and at Thursday’s council meeting she plans to begin the process to remove Daly.

“We are just going to have a big discussion what’s going on. We’ve kind of lost some confidence and we’ll make a decision after.”

Cano says she and three other council members support a vote of no confidence in Daly.

One of the concerns is how the city handled the appeals process after a Hutto police sergeant was fired in July. Cano says the city made a fair appeal impossible.

“He couldn’t bring character witnesses, which he had lined up. There were several things he couldn’t do to where his attorneys felt like he couldn’t win.”

In an email, the city says it was prepared to proceed with the appeal hearing, but was offered a settlement proposal by the officer, one-day before the hearing. The settlement includes the city accepting the officer’s resignation, instead of a termination.

Daly won’t comment on this issue, however, the Hutto Police Officer Association posted a message on Facebook, supporting Daly. They write that she has helped move the city forward in professionalism, customer service and employee morale. Cano disagrees.

“I just think it’s time for a change,” says Cano.

Cano says five of the seven city council members have to take a “vote of no confidence” in the city manager. Then if they choose, they could move forward with the firing process.

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