Fired San Benito EDC director under investigation

SAN BENITO – The Cameron County District Attorney’s office confirmed this morning that former San Benito Economic Development Corporation Director Salomon Torres is currently under investigation.

The DA’s office would not comment on the investigation as it is still ongoing.

However, they did say they helped with the initial investigation and that it is now in the hands of the San Benito Police Department.

“Right now we really can’t discuss anything since this is still ongoing,” said San Benito Police Chief Michael Galvan. “We did ask the district attorney’s office some questions and they offered their assistance.”

The DA’s office noted it is a joint effort between them and the San Benito Police Department.

Last week, Torres was let go from his position. Neither Assistant City Manager Art Rodriguez or City Manager Manuel de la Rosa would comment on Torres dismissal citing it as a “personnel matter.”

Torres was named the head of the EDC in October 2012 at a salary of $65,000. He was picked out of a list of 16 applicants. He had served as the EDC director from 2001 to 2002 and then served nine years as a congressional aide before returning to San Benito.

He made an unsuccessful run for congress in May 2012.

Torres, a 1983 graduate of La Feria High School, earned a marketing degree from St. Edward’s University in 1987 before graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993.