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Personal emails of city leaders released
By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas -- City officials released personal emails of its city leaders pertaining to city business.
El Paso City Council voted on Aug. 20 to release the undisclosed documents that city officials fought to keep private for months.
The documents include 15 previously undisclosed pages of information in response to two Open Records Requests by Austin attorney Bill Aleshire on behalf of local attorney Stephanie Townsend Allala in September and October 2012. Another 168 pages released were in response to a request by Ray Rojas, another local attorney and activist.
Mayor Oscar Leeser told KFOX14 last week after the motion passed that he and other council members decided to release the documents after speaking to city attorneys in executive session.
"You know there have been a lot of projects going on and you know, there were things they couldn't release because of competitiveness of bids and stuff, but now that we have been asking them and we want to move forward and we want to put this behind us," said Leeser.
City manager Joyce Wilson, according to the release, will reach out to former and current city representatives this week requesting "voluntary submittal of any personal emails responsive to the seven requests related to the City's lawsuit with the Texas Attorney General."
The documents along with the original requests and the Attorney General's communication are posted on the City's homepage at www.elpasotexas.gov under the "News" heading.