speaks out after being placed on administrative leave
After being placed on administrative leave following weeks of what some have described as character assassination, Gary Zheng, director and CEO of Lubbock Power & Light, is speaking out.
Four times in the last year, city leaders and members of the Electric Utility Board have questioned not only Zheng's job performance but also his
"If my CEO lied to me, I'd terminate him on the spot.
There's no black and white on that for me," Mayor Glen Robertson said after an internal investigation into allegations that Zheng rigged a request for proposal to favor one company.
The Electric Utility Board considered terminating Zheng on several occasions, but did not take any action until new information was revealed during the board's executive session last week, Chairman Greg Taylor previously told A-J Media.
"There have been many issues surrounding Mr. Zheng
for a long time, so at some point we have to take steps to address the seriousness of some of those things."
In response to the board's decision and allegations of criminal activity, A-J Media asked Zheng
to answer the following questions in an email:
did not directly answer the questions, he
did respond in the form of a statement.
has been singled out by a mayor with a personal vendetta and a score to settle.
The "mayor" had the unmitigated gall, veracity, b**ls, whatever term YOU choose, I have my own unpublishable term for the "mayor", to go on the radio this morning to make a stupid, totally asinine statement in reference to Dr. Zheng
This "mayor" is going to keep making comments, most of which are taped with his
knowledge, and some of which are not, until he
absolutely bankrupts this city.
Is a fine man working in a tough business.