League City seeks $15K from temporary city manager

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 10, 2012, 6:17am


GALVESTON - In an effort to recover $15,000 from a former official, the city of League City has filed a lawsuit.

The city is suing former Acting City Manager Rich Oller, stating Oller failed to pay the funds back after tendering his resignation four months ago.

Recent court documents were filed May 31 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2.

Oller became acting city manager in July 2011 after Marcus Jahns, the first city manager, resigned.

Oller and the city entered into an employment agreement on Aug. 24, 2011, in which the defendant agreed to work as acting city manager from Aug. 1, 2011, to July 31, 2014.

In addition to executing the contract, the plaintiff provided Oller with $15,000 to cover any relocation and temporary housing costs.

The agreement additionally states that "the city would be entitled to deduct that sum from any accrued and unpaid remuneration owed to Oller "should he resign before the specified end date."

He would also be obligated to repay the housing stipend within 30 days of his resignation, according to the contract.

The city alleges the respondent, however, failed to remit and "had not worked long enough to have any of the monies advanced forgiven."

Attorney Arnold G. Polanco with Ross, Banks, May, Cron & Cavin PC in Houston is representing the city.

Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 67,567

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