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Houston’s Convention Facilities Head Challenges Dismissal

The dismissal came after former Houston First CEO and president Dawn Ullrich announced plans to retire at the end of this year

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Houston First operates the city’s performing arts and convention facilities. Since last September, Dawn Ullrich had been asked by the board about her retirement plans. She finally gave notice that she’d retire at the end of 2018, but the board accepted that as an immediate resignation. Her attorney is former Houston City Attorney David Feldman.

“Well, she didn’t resign. She just announced that she was going to retire at the end of the year.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Ullrich sent emails announcing her retirement without approval from the board, even as negotiations were taking place.

“But I wish Dawn well. She’s been with the city a long time, and she’s been a dedicated servant to the City of Houston, but ultimately I support the decision of the board.”

Ullrich has been a city employee for 40 years. There’s no appeal process, and attorney Feldman said he can’t reveal what — if any — legal actions are planned.

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