City leaders vote to keep Hernandez on duty


    City leaders vote to keep Hernandez on duty. (Source CBS 4 News)

    There has been a shake up in leadership at the city of Santa Rosa.

    And the loss of more than 19 pounds of marijuana has the city consultant and the city attorney's jobs in the cross hairs.

    At last night's city meeting city leaders also had Chief of Police Ronnie Hernandez was also on the line.

    Their jobs were called into question after Cameron County District Attorney’s office sent a letter to the city Mayor Andres Contreras last month stating they will no longer accept criminal cases involving narcotics from the Santa Rosa Police Department investigated by Hernandez.

    However, the city leaders voted to keep Hernandez on the force.

    Hernandez's attorney, John Shergold told CBS 4 there was no reason to terminate him and there's no truth to the district attorney's letter.

    Shergold told Santa Rosa commission he will be notifying the Texas Attorney General's office about the issue concerning the Cameron County district attorney's office not wanting to take cases involving narcotics from Santa Rosa.

    City Attorney Larry Warner, was issued a 30-day notice of his termination.

    City leaders did not reveal why he will be let go, but said they already have a replacement in mind.

    As for the city administrator’s job, city leaders said the topic will be addressed at a later date.

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