Changes are continuing at McKinney City Hall following the resignation of City Manager Jason Gray on Feb. 24, with a firing of the human resources director and resignation of the innovation director.
HR Manager Tadd Phillips was fired for “performance issues” late Wednesday afternoon, said McKinney Deputy City Manager Jose Madrigal, who was recently granted city manager authority during the transition period following Gray’s departure. Madrigal told TownSquareBuzz.com on Thursday that he has named Cheree’ Bontrager Acting Human Resources Director and intends to “look for an interim to come on for a few months during this transitional period.” Phillips, who was hired by McKinney in 2008, is former president of the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association. He also was formerly HR director for the Ctiy of San Angelo.
In addition, City of McKinney Innovation Director Jason Cooley was on paid leave until he submitted his resignation Thursday morning. Madrigal said he could not comment further at the moment. Cooley previously worked under Gray in the city manager’s office. He came to the city after his hiring in 2009 as strategic services manager, “leading the City’s organizational efficiency and productivity initiatives and serving as internal auditor,” according to the city.
More word on Cooley could come out this week. And for the future of the HR department, Madrigal said it isn’t clear at this point. Madrigal told TSB that the City needs solidity at the city manager position before a permanent hire is made for HR director.