August 8, 2011
Metro CEO George Greanias returned to the job Monday after serving a one-week suspension for viewing pornography at work did not escape the notice of a prominent group of Houston-area church leaders.
Saying Greanias displayed an “appalling lack of decency, moral judgment and responsible decision-making,” the Houston Area Pastors Council called for his immediate firing.
In a statement released shortly afterward, Greanias said, in part:
“I made a terrible mistake by not only violating Metro policy, but also by letting down everyone in this agency and the public. There was no excuse for my behavior and I won’t offer one.”
He broke “trust with Metro employees and the public,” Greanias said in the statement, but he had been “transparent” with both the board and the media in the wake of the incident.
He described his punishment as “serious and appropriate,” adding he did not break the law.
Greanias was reprimanded for accessing adult content on his personal computer through the transit agency’s computer system on July 28. Some of the sites were for escort services.
“In a vital position of public trust we are far beyond the ‘do what I say not what I do’ methodology,” the pastors said in a written statement. “It is unacceptable and further undermines the already historically low public trust of city government fraught with deception, mismanagement, arrogance and contempt for the people they are charged with serving.”
The group, an interracial, interdenominational organization representing several hundred churches, cited the 63-year-old CEO’s claim that “some Metro employees who had the same thing ... had ‘no place’” at the transit agency.
“His leadership is irreparably damaged,” the group added in the statement.
Greanias was appointed Sept. 16, 2010, after becoming interim CEO following the departure of embattled Frank Wilson.