Socorro Council Members Investigated
POSTED: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 7:41pm
SOCORRO--- El Paso County Sheriff's deputies are investigating three Socorro City Council members and City Manager accused of violating the Open Meetings Act.
A video posted on YouTube shows the City Council listening to City Manager Lorenza Fraire, about the need for a human resource employee to work overtime.
However, in that discussion, she and council members Sergio Cox, Tommy Faulkner, and Jose Hernandez admit they discussed a decision on the topic.
That may be against the Open Meeting Act, which prohibits the majority of Council Members to discuss City matters outside of a name public venue.
"A governmental body shall give written notice of the date, hour, place, and subject of each meeting held by the governmental body," reads the code.
The case, which was first brought to Socorro police, has been handed over to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
"The case just barely fell in our laps. We are talking to people tomorrow (Friday), and we are in the early stages of the investigation," said Dep. Jesse Tovar.
The case will be investigated by their White Collar Crime Team.
This all falls just a month before the City of Socorro will elect new City Council members May 8.
All members, with the exception of Joe Hernandez, are running to hold their seat.