Ethics vs. city attorney

Our city attorney continues to try to stretch the rules.

Our ethics ordinance requires the city attorney to refer ethics complaints to the ethics review commission (if the complaint is properly filed and the city attorney does not find grounds to dismiss the complaint) within 20 days.

That has not happened in the recent cases relating to city council members.

The chairman of the ethics review commission pointed this out to an assistant city attorney the other day in a public meeting and was told that the city “was counting based on business days”.

The chairman, who is a lawyer, said that the ordinance did not specify “business” days and thus the term did not apply.


Why is it that so many of our government employees now play fast and loose with our laws?

Aren’t they supposed to be representing our interests?

Shouldn’t our city attorney be our foremost advocate for doing things legally?

We deserve better



6 Responses to Ethics vs. city attorney

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why do they play past and loose with our laws? Because they go by the motto: Gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelette…


  2. Getting a new City Attorney might rapidly solve many of our city’s problems. Every candidate should say specifically whether he or she would send the City Attorney into retirement.


  3. Judy Maddox says:

    She is not held accountable. If we are part of the press in crowd there is no accountability. Stop and think . Read the paper nine tenths of it articles from Gannett news service. The editorial board is made up of cronies of the politicians in power. Do you honestly think these people could get hired anywhere else?

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. M.T. Cicero says:

    Yesteryear, while sitting in the Billy Beau Hospital Commanding General’s waiting room to report for active duty as a Drafted Volunteer, I nervously picked up a “Daily Bulletin” and this article caught my eye: “it has come to the attention of this office that the non-re-portable accident reports are not being reported to this office. In the future, please complete the form with details of the accident and submit these promptly.”
    Today, while scanning the obits of our local press for my name, a photo of our our city attorney caught my eye and reading, I discovered that ethic violations submitted on ethics forms, provided by the City Ethic Committee, to the City Ethics Committee, were dismissed because the alleged violations of the Open meeting Act never talked about the ordinance.
    Yesterday, (thanks to Brutus) I learned that the EPISD Bond Oversight Committee which oversees the spending of Bond money by the School administration, is overseen by the administration and can’t act without their approval.
    I guess things are done differently in El Paso, your would think by this time I’d get used to it. I wish the FBI would get used to it!


  5. Y Que! says:

    We need a US Attorney like Preet Bharara to come here and drain the local swamp. Enough is enough!


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