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Brownsville commission names De Coss new city attorney

October 3, 2018

After having the position vacant for more than a year, Brownsville commissioners approved the hiring of Rene De Coss as the new city attorney during their Tuesday night meeting.

De Coss, a Brownsville attorney and municipal judge, was one of three candidates the Brownsville City Commission was considering for the position.

Pensacola City Attorney Lysia H. Bowling and Brownsville attorney Gerry Linan were the other applicants.

The city commission voted unanimously to approve the employment contract of De Coss during Tuesday night’s meeting.

De Coss’ term has yet to be determined, but negotiations to finalize the hiring will begin soon.

The salary for the position is $180,000, according to a contract draft on the City Commission’s agenda binder.

At-Large “A” City Commissioner Cesar de Leon, who motioned to approve the hiring of De Coss during Tuesday night’s meeting, said the commission is confident the new city attorney will hit the ground running.

“Rene has been our judge for many, many years,” de Leon said. “He’s also been a district judge, so he’s seen everything. We are very happy that he’ll be able (to contribute to the city more), because he already has working knowledge being a judge for so many years.”

In August 2017, the Brownsville City Commission voted to terminate former City Attorney Mark Sossi.

Since then, the city has outsourced its legal work because it has no staff.

De Leon in October 2017 was appointed by Mayor Tony Martinez as chairman of a 10-person city attorney search committee.

Originally, the Brownsville City Commission had four finalists until Denton City Attorney Aaron Leal withdrew his application last month.

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