Cuero city secretary fired, accused of security breach

Sonny Long

May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
Updated May 31, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.

Lisa Moravitz was fired as Cuero city secretary.

Reasons for the termination deal with a breach of security with records, mail, email and failure to follow the city manager's orders, according to a news release from Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella.

The termination came after an internal investigation once the possible breach was discovered, according to the news release.

Although Zella would not go into details about the possible security breach, he did confirm that the Texas Rangers will be conducting a criminal investigation.

Moravitz was placed on administrative leave with pay on May 21. She had been employed by the city since 1999 and city secretary since 2000.

Reacting to her dismissal, Moravitz said, "I loved my job, and I did it well. I enjoyed serving the citizens of the community, and I will miss working for the mayor and the elected officials, the city attorney and my coworkers."

In 2007, Moravitz and the city of Cuero settled a federal lawsuit Moravitz filed in 2006 claiming racketeering by city officials and harassment by a councilman at the time.

She received $35,000 cash and retained her job in the settlement.

Zella said the city will contract with a placement firm for a temporary city secretary while advertising to fill the position permanently.



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