EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – In a Wednesday news release, Mayor Oscar Leeser announced that he vetoed City Manager Tommy Gonzalez’s recently approved contract extension.

Mayor Leeser states that he made the decision to veto the agenda item approving Tommy Gonzalez’s contract extension was done for two reasons; one being his contract won’t expire until 2024 and the second reason is the current economic atmosphere.

“Extending and enhancing any current contract, at a time when constituents are facing increased living costs as well as increased property valuations, is neither prudent nor warranted.”

Mayor Oscar Leeser

Council had voted that Gonzalez’s salary should not exceed $450,000 which is an increase from what he is making which is about $404,000.

Leeser meeting with the press on Wednesday afternoon where he said he had more questions regarding the contract extension.

“At the end of 2029 what will be the final payout to the community what will be his final payout, we need to know if we’re going to vote on a contract,” said Leeser.

As for what happens next, Leeser says City Council could override his veto, but they will need a total of six votes, which is called a super majority.

Council had originally voted 5-3 to approve the contract extension.

As we reported Gonzalez was a finalist for a city manager position in Frisco Texas but withdrew himself from the search after council approved his contract extension.

Below is Mayor Leeser’s notice filed with the City Clerk’s office.

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