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Commissioner: City manager's job topic of discussion


Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ job performance was the topic of Thursday’s executive session and Thomas’ job may be on the line, Commissioner Robert Sandoval said Friday morning.

“It began as Joe’s evaluation and it turned into whether we needed to fire Joe or not,” Sandoval said.

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No action was taken, but Sandoval said he believes the topic will be discussed again at commissioners’ next meeting.

Thomas has been Clovis’ city manager since December 2004. He declined comment on Friday.

Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer confirmed Thomas’ job performance was the topic of the meeting, but stopped short of saying Thomas’ job is on the line.

“We just talked about what he did and has done, especially since I’ve been on the commission (two years) and we agreed we would think about things and come back and talk about his role as city manager. From my understanding, we are going to continue the conversation we had last night (at the next Commission meeting).”

Taylor-Sawyer also had harsh words for Sandoval.

“What I thought we agreed to was that what we talked about would remain with the commissioners and mayor,” she said. “I am really disappointed with Commissioner Sandoval. His exact words were, ‘What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.’ I am continually losing respect for him.”

Commissioner Tom Martin declined to discuss what happened in the executive session, but said, “I didn’t get the same take that Bobby got.” He declined to clarify the statement.

Taylor-Sawyer declined to say how she would vote if Thomas’ job is put to a vote.

Sandoval is an avid supporter.

“He’s done some things he maybe should have done different, but you don’t throw a man away after so many dedicated years … at least that’s the way I feel,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval declined to discuss specifics about Thomas’ job performance.

Commissioners’ next scheduled meeting is July 17.

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