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San Benito hires new city attorney

December 6, 2018

SAN BENITO — After working more than three months on a temporary basis, Brownsville’s former longtime city attorney has landed the job of legal counsel here.

Earlier this week, city commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Mark Sossi as city attorney.

“He’s doing a pretty good job,” City Commissioner Tony Gonzales said yesterday. “He’s involved with the city. He’s giving us good advice.”

Sossi declined comment on his appointment.

Other law firms applying for the job during Tuesday’s meeting included attorney Alan Ozuna, a former Harlingen assistant city attorney, and Arnold Aguilar of the Aguilar-Zabarte law firm in Brownsville.

Sossi replaces Ricardo Morado, who commissioners fired on a 3-2 vote in August after serving as city attorney since mid 2011.

Following Morado’s termination, Mayor Ben Gomez said Sossi had agreed to work at a rate of $175 an hour — the rate at which Morado had worked since taking the job more than seven years ago.

Sossi had served nine years as Brownsville’s city attorney before city commissioners there fired him more than year ago.

In August 2017, Brownsville commissioners voted 4-2 to fire Sossi.

At the time, Commissioner Jessica Tetreau said the city was “restructuring” its legal department and moving in a new “direction.”

fdelvalle@valleystar.com

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