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Conflict of Interest in Uvalda
Thursday, 18 April 2013

April 18--  An Uvalda city councilman has a decision to make.

Councilman Johnny Corley was advised by City Attorney Andy Ramay at Tuesday night's city council meeting to either resign from the council or give up his city contract running Uvalda's water and sewer system.

Corley was mayor of Uvalda for 12 years and has been a city employee for 35 years.  He was elected to council two years ago.  He says his status was changed at that time from city employee to an independent city contractor because some of his fellow councilmembers were uncomfortable with him being a city employee.

The conflict of interest was brought to the council's attention by A.J. Evans who also says he's interested in running for the council.

"I had my doubts for a long time.  There's a lot of things going on that ain't supposed to be going on in the city.  I started doing some checking and talked to a friend of mine who's a lawyer and he said it's illegal.  It's nothing against Johnny personally, but the law is the law and fair is fair," he said.

Councilman Corley says this is the first time he's been advised that holding both positions is a conflct of interest.

"I've never heard an attorney that the city had that said my position and what I was doing was a conflict.  I'm not saying that's not a fact, but we've never had an attorney who said it was," he said.

The council gave Councilman Corley until May 1 to make a decision. He says he's still thinking about what to do.

"If you go back and look at my record during the time I was mayor, you'll see that I had some outstanding accomplishments and I'm very proud of them.  I continue to be that way.  I wouldn't do anything in the world to hurt this little community," he said.

 
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