Dublin City Manager Jerry Guillory has been placed on paid administrative leave while a committee of three council members investigates employee relations involving Guillory.

Guillory has reportedly "micromanaged" and "belittled" city employees at all levels to such a degree the council felt there was no other option to address his management style and foster a comfortable workplace, sources told the Empire-Tribune.

The city council reached its unanimous decision following an executive session lasting nearly three hours Monday night which also included Police Chief Lannie Lee and City Secretary Rhonda Williams.

"I think this is a good thing," said Mayor Becky Norris. "It's necessary and is the right decision needed for the city to continue getting on the right track to achieve the things we want to going into the future."

Guillory was surprised the council forced his exit from City Hall.

"I was absolutely caught off guard," Guillory said. "They have not indicated anything to me at this point. I haven't had the opportunity to talk to the council about anything."

Guillory was not included in the closed-door discussion that led to his leave and is unsure if the council will discuss the issue with him during its investigation.

"I've received no counseling, no written directives, nothing in the sense of disciplinary action," Guillory said. "They hired me, they appoint me and they can dismiss me. It's all at their pleasure."

Councilmen Aaron Locke, Bobby Mendez and Tommy Sperry were appointed by Norris to discuss Guillory's job performance, according to Norris.

Locke, whose term will expire in June, requested in March and April the evaluation be conducted by the current council instead of waiting for new council members to be sworn in during the June meeting.

Mendez and councilman Aaron Carney, both Erath County sheriff's deputies, were asked to escort Guillory from City Hall Monday.

"Aaron and Bobby will help you get your things," Norris told Guillory after the meeting. "You will not be coming back to the building for two weeks."

The committee will discuss its findings with the council during a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25.

"As painful as it is, I am proud the council did not sweep this under the carpet and made the right decision to address issues that have faced the city for years," Norris said.

Guillory is an at-will employee and does not work under contract for the city, Norris said.

City manager responsibilities will be shared by the mayor and city staff.

"Department heads will handle the day-to-day operations of the city while the council decides if we want to have a continued working relationship with our city manager," said Norris.

The Empire-Tribune will continue following this developing story and provide updates as they become available.