San Benito may be getting new fire chief, city attorney

SAN BENITO — The city might be replacing Fire Chief Raul Zuniga.

Tomorrow, city commissioners are expected to consider confirming City Manager Manuel De La Rosa’s appointment of Capt. Boris Esparza as the city’s interim fire chief.

In other matters, Commissioner Esteban Rodriguez is requesting De La Rosa seek proposals from attorneys who could replace City Attorney Ricardo Morado.

For weeks, Zuniga’s fate has appeared in limbo.

On Aug. 8, De La Rosa placed Zuniga on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations that apparently stem from Zuniga’s bidding at a fire department auction.

John Shergold, Zuniga’s attorney, said the city has not contacted his client regarding the case.

Shergold said the city must place De La Rosa’s request to appoint Esparza on the meeting’s agenda before commissioners vote on the matter.

A new city attorney?

Meanwhile, Morado has served as city attorney for about six years — and Rodriguez believes that might be long enough.

It’s the second time in about three months that Rodriquez has requested commissioners consider his request for proposals.

In June, commissioners took no action on the request. Commissioners are expected to consider Rodriguez’s second request to seek proposals for the city attorney’s job.