Ethics Review Commission dismissed complaints filed against Mayor Dee Margo

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The city’s Ethics Review Commission held an open discussion Thursday over whether El Paso Mayor Dee Margo violated city ordinances.

As KTSM has reported, El Paso native and Dallas-based attorney Stuart Blaugrand filed the violation complaints in June.

The Ethics Review Commission unanimously voted to dismiss the complaints and said it found no violations based on the evidence that was provided.

Blaugrund filed the complaints in June, alleging the Mayor had improper financial interests in downtown redevelopment and improperly used his personal email account to conduct city business.

The Ethics Review Commission said the complaints were “poorly written” and “a waste of time.”

Mayor Dee Margo responded to the decision, in a statement sent to KTSM he said, As I have stated from the beginning, this complaint was bogus, baseless and simply harassment by someone outside of El Paso. I will continue to be transparent in all my financial disclosures.”

The Commission claimed they did not have jurisdiction over the allegations made, saying they were state code and open records violations allegations.

“We’re not in charge of following state law we’re in charge of following an imposing city ethics code, so our resolutions says which says, ‘hey we’re going to follow this state law then that’s not imposing or creating a city code violations situation,'” said Bill Hicks, who was part of the Ethics Review Commission.

Blaugrand sent a statement to KTSM. He said, “I respectfully disagree with the commission’s determination. How this commission can find Margo has no financial conflicts on matters relating to downtown redevelopment is completely beyond me.”

The Ethics Review Commission said Blaugrand could take his allegations to the district attorney’s office or attorney general if he wanted to since they would have jurisdiction.

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