Jan 31, 2014 8:05 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Roxann Cotroneo's resume is impressive and it's not hard to see how she might've beaten the other candidates - including two people from within our city's own legal department - for the $151,000-a-year job.
Cotroneo's strong suit is a wealth of experience in city legal matters and her resume shows it with seventeen years in Dallas.
But there's an overlap in her professional timeline that raises questions.
According to both her resume and her job application, Cotroneo was both an assistant city attorney for Dallas and a special assistant U.S. attorney up there, at the same time, for almost six years.
We've filed a public information request with Dallas for her employment dates and and we've called Cotroneo's former supervisor at the U.S. Attorney's office to ask him whether the jobs may have been related.
Olson said the timeline checked out and that she did both jobs, at the same time.
"It was like one job with two responsibilities," he told KRIS-6 on Monday.
But you can read it for yourself, here: Resume - Roxann Pais Cotroneo (1).pdf
But it was a long list of responsibilities - preparing grants and budgets and developing community anti-grant intitiatives for the federal prosecutor while supervising a team of up to 38 employees in the city's legal department.
Not to mention, Cotroneo said she reduced by as high as 20 percent crime rates in seven Dallas neighborhoods as a city attorney while dropping by 45 percent certain gun-related crimes as a federal attorney.
Olson said that's why he picked Cotroneo over a long list of candidates, including the city's chief, interim litigator, Alison Logan.
"She brings a different perspective and different personality to the management team that's gonna be, I think, nothing but an asset."
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