It took a rare tie-breaking vote from the mayor, but it looks like the City of El Paso might have itself a new city attorney.
Interim City Attorney Karla Nieman was tapped for the job at the end of Tuesday’s city council meeting, beating out four other candidates.
The vote was 4-4 with city representatives Peter Svarzbein, Alexsandra Annello, Cassandra Hernandez and Henry Rivera voting against Nieman’s appointment.
Mayor Dee Margo broke the tie in her favor.
“She’s comes from our region,” Margo told KTSM. “She understands what we’re going through. She is fully apprised of all of the—unfortunate—litigation (the city has) been involved in.”
Nieman has worked for the City of El Paso for more than a decade. She now must accept the position to make it final.
If she does, Nieman would replace Sylvia Borunda Firth who parted ways with the city earlier this year with controversial payout put together by Mayor Margo.