Laredo City Council requests councilmember to place herself on administrative leave

Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 2:42 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tx. (KGNS) - After months of back and forth, City Council voted on one of its own to place themselves on administrative leave.

This comes after the much-discussed district two race and the ruling set by a visiting judge

It’s been three months since the general election in Laredo but the race for Laredo City Council District Two continues to be the center of much debate.

On Monday, council heard from attorneys and the public about their concerns pertaining to District Two.

Some were in favor and against Daisy Campos Rodriguez keeping her seat.

Finally, City Council gave a vote of no confidence for Daisy Campos Rodriguez and requested for her to take administrative leave as proposed by Councilmember Alyssa Cigarroa.

Cigarroa first brought forward the item on the city council agenda to discuss the legal ruling made by visiting Judge Susan Reed.

City Attorney Zone Nguyen recommended to wait for the appeals process to conclude before a decision is taken. Adding council may not have the authority to place Campos Rodriguez on leave.

Her challenger Ricardo Rangel said he understands that council wants to proceed carefully, and he remains patient during this entire process.

“I feel that they’re just doing their job,” said Rangel. “They’re just checking the legal system on their side and making sure that the legal process is going. So, there’s no grudges, there’s no nothing. I know that one day they’re going to be my colleagues, so we got to work together to make Laredo better.”

Rangel went on to say that residents of District Two have inspired him to keep fighting in this process.

As for the proposal by Councilmember Cigarroa, it received four votes by Alyssa Cigarroa, Melissa Cigarroa, Dr. Tyler King and Gilbert Gonzalez with Mayor Dr. Victor Trevino becoming the fifth vote.

Campos Rodriguez said she believed the motion was quote personal.

Coming up in our later newscast we have more on this debate and what is next in this process.

With the winner of the District Two race now in the hands of the Fourth Court of Appeals, visiting Judge Susan Reed released her findings.

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