Nov 21, 2011 10:33 PM by Carolyn Carver

Council waits to reveal decision on City Manager

After another closed door meeting for less than an hour, Pueblo City Council members say they've reached a decision on what to do with their embattled city manager, but they're refusing to tell us what they've decided until tomorrow.

Jerry Pacheco showed up for the beginning of the meeting, he's appointed by the City Council and held accountable by them.

This is the third closed door meeting in a week over Pacheco.

He's accused of having an affair with his subordinate, Human Resources Director, Marisa Walker, then signing off on more than $60,000 in promotions to realign city hall, so he is no longer her supervisor.

While Council President, Ray Aguilera told us Friday they've been planning that for months, it happened after our investigation started.

Pacheco is also accused of abusing his power as the top city administrator to order the technology director to shut down and erase text messages on his and Walker's city issued cell phones, then re-writing city policy to include his ability to erase and shut down city cell phones at his discretion.

Meanwhile, Walker is accused of intimidation after threatening legal action against Pacheco's estranged sister-in-law, on a city letterhead.

And a Pueblo District Court Judge ruled a Pacheco move last year was based on nepotism and favoritism by promoting his administrative assistant's husband over a more qualified applicant.

While Pacheco says he plans to appeal the ruling, right now taxpayers are on the hook for the move for backpay and court costs.

Tonight Council says they've reached a decision on what to do now with their City Manager, but again they're refusing to say what they've decided until a press conference tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m.


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