Council to discuss Borunda Firth’s $250k payout, replacement

El Paso News
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El Paso City Council will for the first time discuss the sudden exit of City Attorney Sylvia Borunda Firth at a special meeting Monday morning.

The city representatives could approve the separation and release agreement between Borunda Firth and the City, as well as select an interim city attorney to replace her.

As KTSM has reported, Borunda Firth stepped down late last month and stands to pocket roughly $250,000 per the agreement. The separation document was negotiated with and signed by El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. 

Some city council members have said they were not looped on what was happening. The Mayor’s Chief of Staff insists they were.

Last week, KTSM learned the original press release put together by the City of El Paso called Borunda Firth’s departure a “resignation,” not a “retirement” as was later told to the public. Documents show the separation process played out over six days.

There are also questions over whether the $250,000 payout should be allowed since Firth is voluntarily stepping down.

Mayor Margo has reserved further comment on the matter until the council meeting. Follow KTSM social media for updates on Monday.

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