Assistant city manager in patronage flap resigns

An assistant city manager at Fort Worth City Hall resigned in October 2011 after Fort Worth Star-Telegram Watchdog columnist Dave Lieber revealed that she had helped orchestrate secret pay raises for a select few employees and top managers.

Her boss, the interim city manager, didn’t even know about most of them.

At the time, most city employees had gone three years without a raise.

Karen Montgomery had served with the city since August 2006.

Former assistant city manager Karen Montgomery

City officials declined to say whether the raises or any other issue led to her resignation, according to the Star-Telegram.

Read about Montgomery’s role here at Watchdog Nation. (Note these stories originally appeared in the Dave Lieber Watchdog column in the Star-Telegram.

Part I: A City Hall human resources director faces a lonely battle against patronage

Part II: When 100 City Hall workers out of 4,500 get raises, that’s patronage at its finest


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