|Deputy City Manager, Finance Director|
Gonzalez is one of those city officials doing "real work." He will greet those he recognizes on the street and will even stop to answer a question. If he has a political point of view or partisanship, he seems to have kept that to himself.
But, despite his long tenure and work ethic, Gonzalez is under fire. From more than one source we've learned that Mayor Tony wants Gonzalez to retire, feeling that he has overstayed his welcome. The genesis of Tony's retirement push seems clear: "Gonzalez was upset to find that Tony Martinez had allowed his law partner, Horacio Barrera, to negotiate on behalf of the city, the purchase of Casa del Nylon from Abraham Golonsky for $2,300,000 and he told him so. 'That's a conflict of interest,' Gonzalez was heard to say. Almost immediately, Martinez began to talk among city officials about the need for Gonzalez to be replaced as the city's Chief Financial Officer," a city insider reported. "Since then, while an annual raise was given to Assistant City Manager Jeff Johnston, Gonzalez, who serves in the dual role of Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, was passed over for a raise."
|Oscar Garcia, Jr.|