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Jan 31, 2014 6:23 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: City Manager Speaks on City Attorney Controversy

CORPUS CHRISTI - We continue our coverage on the controversy surrounding the newly hired city attorney and some alleged inappropriate comments she made to her staff.

As we reported last night, Roxann Cotroneo will not start work for the city on Monday, and she won't start to work until the city's investigation of her comments is completed.

City Manager Ron Olson tells us Cotroneo will not be paid for the days that she misses.

As we've reported since we broke this story Monday, sources inside the Legal Department tell us these comments were made.

We checked and the comments, if true, would violate city conduct policies.

We talked with Ron Olson today. He admitted Cotroneo was his hire and that he has been heavily involved in this investigation, until now.

"I think and I'm sure you have concerns about whether I'm making an unbiased appropriate investigation out of this," he told us.

He said he's decided he should be removed from the investigation, and he'll turn it over to a special team in the police department.

"I think that's as close as we're going to get to a credible answer," Olson says.

Our sources inside the Legal Department who heard the comments, tell us some employees felt uncomfortable and intimidated.

Olson says if the allegations are true, the city of course, would not tolerate comments like that.

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