Tommy Gonzalez Ethics Hearing Rescheduled To June

According to the El Paso Times, Tommy Gonzalez’s ethics hearing has been rescheduled to June 1st.  According to documents released by the Ethics Commission in April, attorney Ross Fischer “found ‘clear and convincing evidence’ that Gonzalez violated city policies and procedures regarding streets resurfacing and the installation of speed humps in front of Cathedral High School.”

Gonzalez’s attorney released his list of witnesses who, according to KVIA, will testify about street list and the speed humps, not the aborted search for a new financial advisor.  His witnesses include:  Monica Lombraña, the Director of Capital Improvements with the City of El Paso; Dr. Mark Sutter, the City of El Paso’s Chief Financial Officer; Ted Marquez, the Director of the City of El Paso Department of Transportation; Former City Representative Ann Morgan Lilly; Richard Bristol, with the city’s street and maintenance department; and City of El Paso Chief Internal Auditor, Edmundo Calderon.

According to the El Paso Times:  “The commission could recommend a number of sanctions against Gonzalez if it finds he violated policies or rules, but only the City Council can make decisions about his employment with the city.”   If the ethics commission can’t do much about Tommy Gonzalez, why are they even hearing the case?  Also, how will the El Paso Times continue to flog this story for another month?

You can read the entire letter from Ross Fischer to Gonzalez’s attorney here.

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