San Benito may hire former Brownsville city attorney

SAN BENITO — Brownsville’s former city attorney might be replacing Ricardo Morado as the city’s legal counsel.

City commissioners are expected to consider firing Morado and appointing Mark Sossi as interim city attorney.

Last month, Mayor Ben Gomez and commissioners requested the city seek qualifications from attorneys who would consider the job.

Commissioner Carol Lynn Sanchez stated she was opposed to the idea of firing Morado to hire Sossi. Last month, Commissioner Tony Gonzales said he believed Morado was doing “a good job.”

It is unclear why the city is considering replacing Morado.

Gomez, Gonzales and Commissioners Rene Villafranco and Rick Guerra did not respond to messages requesting comment.

In August 2017, Brownsville city commissioners voted 4-2 to fire Sossi after he had served nine years as city attorney.

Morado, an attorney with the Brownsville firm of Roerig, Oliveira and Fisher, has served as city attorney since mid 2011, charging an hourly rate of $175.

Morado, who served as mayor from 1998 to 2002, previously served as city attorney from 1995 to 1997.

A San Benito native, Morado was President Bill Clinton’s nominee to replace U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela in 2000. However, the nomination expired when Clinton left office in January 2001.