The City Manager serves as the chief executive officer for San Angelo's municipal government and is the staff liaison to the City Council and to the Downtown Development Commission.  

City suing over SAPD records, dispatch system

The City of San Angelo filed suit against Spillman Technologies in a Tom Green County state district court Wednesday, seeking the recovery of more than $3.5 million. The City argues Spillman fraudulently misrepresented the functionality of its records management and computer-aided dispatch software and its qualifications to implement the system. It did so in an effort to induce the City to buy its product for the San Angelo Police and Fire Departments at a cost of $1.5 million to taxpayers.

Spillman’s representations that it could deliver a state-of-the-art software system for the City’s first responders were, in fact, misrepresentations. In its lawsuit, the City identifies 12 such misrepresentations Spillman made in its proposal to the City. Spillman’s software lacks much of the core functionality that was promised and does not perform reliably. The company assured it would provide software solutions that do not exist. Further, it lacked the ability to correct defects in the system once it was implemented. Those defects have increased response times, created officer safety issues and jeopardized the lives of our citizens and our first-responders.

In one instance, the system’s failure put the lives of San Angelo firefighters in danger. Firefighters responded to a call of a house fire on Jan. 13, unaware the SAPD had received a call of a man brandishing a rifle in the front yard of the same address, inviting a shootout with police. Firefighters were forced to scramble for cover when they arrived on the scene.

Such outcomes are simply unacceptable. Protecting the public is the City’s most fundamental responsibility and our highest priority.

The City does not make the decision to file suit lightly. From the time Spillman’s system went live in June 2016 through the early part of this year, SAPD personnel and the City’s Information Technology manager worked tirelessly to try to make the Spillman system work and to convince the company to live up to its contractual obligations.  Despite our efforts, Spillman continually failed to deliver on its promises or, in many cases, to even acknowledge problems that clearly exist. The nine months the City has used Spillman software has been fraught with false promises, unresolved complaints, empty assurances and fruitless negotiations, all related to a defective product that has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in money and in man-hours.

With no working solution on the horizon, the City was left no choice but to seek redress in court. The City alleges four causes of action against Spillman, all of which are related to fraud and breach. Through this lawsuit, the City will vigorously pursue a recovery of the $1.5 million in costs it incurred under the contract, as well as the $2.375 million cost our taxpayers must now pay to purchase a replacement software system. The City is also seeking punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and court costs.

 

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Daniel Valenzuela, City Manager

Daniel Valenzuela was hired as San Angelo's City Manager in September 2012. He previously served four years as city manager in Eagle Pass, and the four years prior to that as city manager of Fort Stockton, his hometown. He was the chief financial officer and unit health administrator at Pecos County Memorial Hospital from 2000-03. He earned a master's of business administration from Texas Tech University in 2000 and served in the U.S. Army.

Michael Dane, Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer

Michael T. Dane was  promoted to  Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer in October 2012 following a nine-month stint as interim city manager. He was hired as the City’s Finance Director in August 1998 and is regional co-director of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas and an advisory board member for the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Dane worked for the City of Lubbock as an Accountant, Senior Accountant and Senior Auditor from 1993-98, the First National Bank of Clovis in Clovis, N.M., from 1987-90, and the accounting firm of Bender, Burnett & Co. in Clovis from 1990-93. A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Finance Officer, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Eastern New Mexico University.  

Rick Weise, Assistant City Manager

Rick Weise was named Assistant City Manager in March 2005 after serving as the Assistant to the City Manager since October 1998. He joined the City of San Angelo as a Planner in June 1994. Weise is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University, is designated as a Certified Public Manager through Texas Tech University, and is certified by the Texas Division of Emergency Management as an Advanced Incident Commander. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association, the International City Management Association, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society, having served on that organization's state board of directors.

Becky Dunn, Executive Office Coordinator 

Becky Dunn was promoted to Executive Office Coordinator in January 2013. She is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the day-to-day administrative operations of the City Manager’s Office. Dunn joined the City in 1993 as a clerk typist in the Police Department’s Administration Division. She worked in Police Administration for 14 years, also serving as a bookkeeper and administrative technician. She transferred in 2007 to the Finance Department, where she worked as an accounting technician, an accounting specialist and senior administrative assistant prior to her move to the City Manager’s Office.

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