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El Paso City Council to Consider Hiring Firm to Investigate Controversial Financial Adviser Proposals

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015

By Maria Garcia, ABC 7 – kvia.com

EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso City Council on Monday will vote on whether to hire a firm for an independent investigation into the financial adviser controversy.

The item on the agenda states: “That the City Attorney be authorized to engage Ross Fischer of Gober Hilgers, PLLC for the purpose of conducting an independent investigation of the actions by City staff, elected officials and vendors which led up to the solicitation of a new financial adviser for the City of El Paso in 2015. The investigation will be for the purpose of determining whether or not there has been violation of City of El Paso ordinances, policies or procedures.”

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City Rep. Larry Romero has been criticized for suggesting the City hire his former business partner, Noe Hinojosa as Financial Adviser without disclosing his ties with Hinojosa. Romero has said he did not disclose he had worked with Hinojosa because it was “12 or 15 years ago.”

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