New Information: Alpine City Employees Took 141 Thousand Dollars in Payroll Advances 1/21/14
CBS 7 News
January 21, 2014
ALPINE-The Alpine City Council is slated to meet in executive session at tonight's council meeting to discuss a recent visit by an Assistant Attorney General.
According to Council Member Mike Davidson, the Asst. Attorney General met with the city manager in a closed-door meeting to discuss a pending Texas Ranger investigation into the financial practices and reporting of the city.
Davidson said council members were not briefed on the meeting, but believes it was focused on payroll advances under scrutiny for Fiscal Year 2012. He also said that there are questions surrounding a Certificate of Obligation from 2011 in the amount of $1.25 million.
The Texas Attorney General's Office has not officially confirmed whether their visit was part of an investigation.
CBS 7 is also learning more about the payroll advances by Alpine city employees now under scrutiny. According to documents obtained by Pete Smyke and published in his op-ed piece in The Big Bend Gazette earlier this month, the payroll advances for 2012 total over $141,000.
Smyke also discovered that over half of that money went to six employees, some of which are still working at the city. Those employees include Former Finance Director Ricky Chavez. Chavez was indicted late last year on charges of taking money in expenses used for tuition and fees at Sul Ross University.