Commissioners Talk About Leeds Resignation


POSTED: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 5:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 5:31pm

EL PASO - People familiar with the Ethics Commission say there have been more meetings than action since the commission was created in 2009. Now they're dealing with the resignation of Attorney Stuart Leeds, one of ten appointed members of the commission.

"It's been over a year, you know, and it's so frustrating that I think they're all wearing down and the easy way out is to say well I resign," Commissioner Dan Haggerty said.

Leeds told us he resigned because the County Attorney represents the commission, and he believes that's a conflict of interest.

"It warranted enough credibility that we went to the Attorney General to say maybe the guys has a point. How did you envision this, or what do you think? Having said that I think there is a lot of political theatre out there," Haggerty said.

Attorney General Greg Abbott issued an opinion saying it's the County Attorney's duty to represent the commission, and it's not a conflict of interest.

"It was understood everybody knows that. The situation here is that Mr. Leeds and some of his proponents, some of his advocates, feel that the law and the world should be a little different," Commissioner Anna Perez said.

Both Commissioner Haggerty and Commissioner Perez agreed, it would only be a conflict of interest if the commission investigated the County Attorney's Office. Both said if that were to happen another attorney could be brought in to advise the commission, but that would be at the discretions of the County Attorney.

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