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Alpine City Attorney Terminated by Council Members

Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

ALPINE- The Alpine City Council motioned and passed termination on now ex-City Attorney John Armstrong. The motion passed three to two. That is the fourth position open now according to City Council Member, Jim Fitgerald. 

"We do not have a city manager. We do not have a permanent finance director. Yesterday (Monday), we received a notice of resignation, notice to retire, from the utility director, we have three major holes we have to fill," Fitgerald said.

Now they have four. Fitgerald spoke against the motion to terminate Armstrong. Mike Davidson, council member of Ward 2, also moved to defend the Armstrong. 

None of the council members that voted for termination had any comments before the vote. Last week, both Angie Bermudez and Michael Castelli said that Armstrong gave them legal advice that differed between sessions. Castelli said he would follow up with the Texas Municipal League to get help from other lawyers.

Last week on Tuesday, Castelli brought a vote of no confidence against Armstrong which passed. The council's opinions still split the same way as they did Tuesday night. 

Armstrong says that he will stay active and watch the city government, even though he has no position there. 

"I'm not going anywhere and I'm going to be involved in local politics and certainly be involved as an attorney in the community," Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, the city still has funds unaccounted for and books that are trying to be set straight. The auditor assigned to the city funds, Shaw Skinner, has reportedly resigned from investigating the cities funds. Skinner presented findings of missing city funds back in April. 

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