Meza, Collins voted out at commission meeting

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Port Isabel City Attorney Robert Collins and City Manager Ed Meza were voted out by the City Commission on Tuesday during an eventful special meeting which was once again filled to capacity with local residents. The commission previously voted to remove commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu from office, but a court-ordered decision allowed them to participate and vote on the session’s items.

A narrow 3 to 2 vote effectively terminated the legal services between Robert Collins and the City of Port Isabel. Cantu, Zamora and newly elected commissioner, Jeffery D. Martinez voted in favor of the motion while Mayor Joe E. Vega and Commissioner Maria de Jesus Garza voted against. Attorney Gilbert Hinojosa, who represented Cantu and Zamora during last month’s court proceedings, was appointed as the replacement city attorney. Collins was not present at the meeting.

Also passed was an item to vacate any findings made by the commission on April 13 when Cantu and Zamora were unseated from office. The motion to rescind any action to remove them passed with the same 3 to 2 vote count.

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