Case of mayor's comments add up to more than $4,000 in May; June's total will be available in July

June 21, 2010 at 1:21 a.m.

The Victoria Advocate has learned how much San Antonio-based law firm Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal was paid to review Victoria Mayor Will Armstrong's comments about former city council candidate Jeff Williams.

The two-month investigation started in May and ended in June. An open records request yielded line items totaling $4,220.50 worth of charges for 23.30 hours in the month of May. June's charges will be available in July, as the city is billed on a monthly basis.

City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz said he chose to use this firm, which has expertise in legal ethics because the city council gave him in October approval to use the firm for all special projects.

Gwosdz said he hired an outside law firm to ensure the public didn't perceive a conflict of interest on his part.

After reviewing the incident, the firm found that comments Armstrong made during a May 4 city council meeting did not violate Article XII, Section 9 of the city charter.



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