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Feb 4, 2014 6:41 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: Cotroneo Says She Felt 'Ignored' in Memo to Previous Employer

CORPUS CHRISTI - Kris 6 News has obtained a copy of a memo that Roxann Cotroneo wrote to top city officials in her final days as the city attorney in Harlingen.

The memo is essentially her resignation from the city of Harlingen back in April.

In the memo, Cotroneo writes about how she feels like she's being forced out of her job.

There were several lines that were redacted from the memo before it was released to Kris 6 News.

Those lines seem to refer to a medical condition.

Cotroneo was diagnosed with breast cancer over a year ago, and missed some time at work to recover.

She returned in December of 2012, but in the memo, addressed to the city commission and city manager, she writes that she felt like she wasn't treated the same.

She writes, "While my (blank) was a personal setback, I had looked forward to accomplishing more goals when I returned to work. So, it was painful when instead of being welcomed back, I was viewed as damaged goods and asked to leave."

"I cannot tell you hoe painful it has been to find myself routinely excluded from meetings, denied information I need to do my job, and ignored rather than consulted about the city's business. I loved this job and you have made it impossible for me to do it."

She concludes the memo by writing about some employees who supported her, while others seemed to be insensitive.

"When I think of the kindness shown by many city employees who wore (blank) to support me, it brings tears to me eyes. I only wish that I could have received a fraction of that support from the city's top officials."

Cotroneo will not start work with the city of Corpus Christi until C.C.P.D finishes its investigation into her alleged comments.

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