HOUSTON Metro President and CEO George Greanias was suspended for a week without pay Thursday after board members said he used the Metro Internet system to view pornography online.
According to Metro, Greanias accessed more than a dozen sites on his personal computer through Metro s Internet system -- during company time.
Metro Chairman Gilbert Garcia said the violations occurred on 14 days from February 9, 2011, to July 1, 2011.
The disciplinary action came as the result of an internal investigation.
Garcia said the normal disciplinary action for such an offense is a verbal or written reprimand, but this was different.
We felt that George Greanias leads this organization and we felt we needed to hold him to a higher standard, Garcia said.
The suspension was effective immediately, and Greanias was scheduled to return to work on Monday, August 8.
Greanias sent a letter to employees Thursday.
The sites I accessed were of a sexual nature -- to say the least, highly inappropriate, and embarrassing, Greanias wrote. For what has happened, I apologize.
The suspension will cost Greanias about $4,500.
Garcia said he does not believe Greanias committed any crimes.
A spokesperson for Mayor Annise Parker said Thursday that Parker agreed with the Metro board's decision. Greanias had been hand-picked by the mayor to turn the troubled agency around last year. Previously, he had been a City Council member, city controller and had even run for mayor himself.