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Jan 28, 2014 8:15 PM

6 Investigates: New City Attorney's Remarks Questioned

CORPUS CHRISTI - We continue our KRIS 6 News Investigation into the newly hired city attorney and an anonymous email claiming that she made inappropriate and intimidating remarks when she introduced herself to the city legal department.

The email was sent to every city council member, the mayor, and the city manager.

Tonight, we have details on exactly what the email says Roxann Cotroneo said to her staff.

And as we've reported, two sources inside city hall, who were there in that meeting, confirm that the email and the comments it lists are accurate.

In a speech to her staff, Cotroneo made comments that involve her race, sex life, medical history, and how she'll be conducting herself at work.

The email says Cotroneo said the following:

"I'm 100% Hispanic."

"I want you all to know, especially the men, but the women too, that I'm happily married and my husband is so HOT!"

"I can't have children, but my husband and I tried, and I mean we really tried hard, if you know what I mean!"

"You need to know that I cuss a lot and I'm going to be dropping some 'F-bombs' around here."

The email also says she talked about her recent masectomy, using hand motions to indicate that her breasts were still tender.

We took a look at the City's Human Resource Policy Manual. These comments and actions would definitely violate rules regarding unwelcome sexually explicit comments, actions, and innuendos.

Since Friday, we've tried to get City Manager Ron Olson to comment on the situation, and we tried again today.

He declined once again, saying he won't comment until his investigation is complete.

City council member Chad Magill says he's eagerly awaiting the results of that investigation and a report.

"I leave it in the hands of the city manager to address, and I trust that he holds his staff accountable as we do him," Magill says.

Cotroneo starts work next week.

We finally tracked down a phone number for her last night. We talked to her on the phone and she said she'd call us back.

We have not heard back yet.

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