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Jan 30, 2014 2:23 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates Exclusive: Allegations of Harassment and Intimidation in City Legal Department

CORPUS CHRISTI - The city tells KRIS 6 News that newly hired city attorney Roxann Cotroneo will start her first day of work, as scheduled, on Monday.

As we've reported, city sources tell us that Cotroneo made offensive and intimidating comments to her staff during a visit to the City Legal Department.

Meanwhile, city manager Ron Olson continues to investigate an anonymous email that claims Cotroneo made these comments. Comments confirmed by our city sources.

Now, former city attorney Carlos Valdez tells us he's getting calls from city employees, his former colleagues, telling him they're scared and intimidated.

He added that they tell him the city seems more interested in who leaked the story to the media, than the incident itself.

"I think there's some intimidation, some fear. I think some of the fear is related to possible retaliation and people either getting demoted, or getting fired and things like that," Valdez says.

Ron Olson has continually denied our request for comment since we began covering this story.

And we've called Roxann Cotroneo every day since we began airing these stories. She has still not called us back.

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