Mayor Has City Attorney Look Into Councilman's Mailing Practices

City of Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson asked the City Attorney to look into if a City Councilman was using taxpayers money to mail things for their private business.
City of Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson asked the City Attorney to look into if a City Councilman was using taxpayers money to mail things for their private business.

"It could very well be city business, and if it was city business, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with it," Robertson said.

Mayor Robertson said a city employee called him asking what to do after an envelope with no postage was dropped off to be mailed, and had the return address of Councilman Victor Hernandez's law office. This could be a problem if the councilman was using taxpayer funds for his private business.

"The employee didn't know what to do, and they came to me and said 'Mayor, I, should I keep my mouth shut, should I say nothing?'" Mayor Robertson said. "The minute it was brought to my attention, I've got a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers so I couldn't ignore it."

The Mayor then asked the City Attorney Sam Medina to look into the issue, to see exactly what was going on. Mr. Medina got back to the Mayor and said he had spoken to Councilman Hernandez, and found no issue.

"It would definitely be wrong if Mr. Hernandez was using city funds to postage or whatever on his law practice mailing, then yes, I think we'd have a big issue," Robertson said.

"Mr. Medina assured me that he felt like after his visit with Mr. Hernandez that he had seen no wrong doing," Mayor Robertson said. The Mayor also said Mr. Medina told him that Councilman Hernandez said he did not use the City mail for his law office.

"That he had visited with Mr. Hernandez, said Mr. Hernandez said he did not mail material through the city from his law office and had never made a practice of that, and just didn't do it," Robertson said.

Robertson said if Medina's answer had been different, there could have been a problem. "It's state law for number one, but elected officials don't need to use taxpayers funds for private or personal business," Robertson said.

Councilman Hernandez said he had no comment.
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