SAN ANTONIO — Amy Greif is scheduling all of her doctor appointments before her medical insurance runs out. She says she reluctantly resigned her post as the city water clerk on Tuesday, after getting an ultimatum from Mayor Roy Pierce. Now, Greif says, her pension will be cut in half just 11 months before her 30-year benchmark.
Pierce said Greif resigned on her own.
"Legally, all I'm bound to report is that Ms. Greif was an employee here and that she chose to resign for personal reasons," Pierce said. "I did not hold a gun to her head or say anything negative to her."
Pierce hired Greif, 54, in 2003 from the county Property Appraiser's Office. She oversaw maintenance of the city's deep water wells and water tanks while keeping department records and handling customer relations.
Her personnel file shows that Greif had been reminded about deficiencies in her record-keeping several times.
Documentation about Greif's record-keeping goes back to 2006 in her file. She told the Times on Thursday that daily interruptions and other responsibilities compromised her timely filing of reports to city accountant John Hanson.
"I'm on call nights and weekends," Greif said. "I've been waist deep in holes, helping to repair leaks and fighting the elements during the 2004 hurricane and subsequent storms. I truly enjoyed assisting our residents and I want to thank those who called to wish me well and to remind me of kind gestures I've extended toward them."
Former Mayor Anthony Lister, who praised Greif for her creative innovations, says election day was a precarious time for Pierce, who ended up being re-elected.
"I wonder what would have happened had this resignation happened before the balloting," Lister said. "Amy has a huge family of voters who may have swung the outcome."