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Aubrey severs ties with McCombs

Aubrey has severed ties with its city administrator, Matt McCombs, citing a lack of confidence.

In a 4-0 vote Thursday, the City Council voted to "unilaterally" sever ties "in accordance with the contract based on lack of confidence." Jeff Miller, who joined the board in May, abstained because he didn't have enough information to base his vote on, according to City Secretary Jenny Huckabee.

The decision was made following an executive session consulting with the city attorney that lasted an hour and a half.

McCombs, who did not respond to messages requesting comment, was not present at Thursday's meeting. 

Mayor Janet Meyers confirmed McCombs was no longer employed with the city on May 19. The Post-Signal newspaper in Pilot Point reported May 18 was McCombs' last day at work in Aubrey.

The Denton Record-Chronicle made attempts to reach Meyers by phone and email Friday. In an email Friday, she wrote McCombs "will receive severance pay and any accrued severance benefits." 

She did not comment on questions regarding how much the city will pay out to McCombs in severance pay and benefits, his annual salary at the time of his departure, the reasons for the city's lack of confidence in McCombs and when the city anticipates looking for and naming McCombs' replacement, claiming she did not have the information with her. She said the details would be available through City Hall on Tuesday.

"We wish Matt success in his future endeavors," Meyers wrote.

Most Aubrey council members on Friday did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday's decision. Jeff Perry, the mayor pro tem, requested questions regarding the decision in an email. He had not responded by late Friday afternoon.

The Record-Chronicle has requested information regarding McCombs' employment history with the city of Aubrey. As of Friday afternoon, the information was unavailable.

McCombs served as city administrator in Aubrey for more than two years. The University of North Texas alumnus previously had worked nearly four years for the town of Addison serving in several roles, including assistant to the city manager, city secretary, assistant city secretary and management analyst.

Calvin Tillman, a former Aubrey council member who served up until earlier this month, said for some time, there were some performance issues with McCombs. Policies championed by McCombs also stunted Aubrey's growth and development, Tillman said. He added McCombs was "out of his element" and said he hopes his replacement is accustomed to developing a rural and small town.

"He was not providing leadership to the staff or the community that we were paying him to," Tillman said. "He really didn't understand the community he was working in.

"It just wasn't a good fit."

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.