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Alvarado Temporarily Steps Down as Mayor Pro Tem

Houston City Councilmember Carol Alvarado is temporarily stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after four of her employees received improper incentive bonuses. Alvarado says she had no knowledge of the pay increases, but she accepts full responsibility for what happened. “Culpability varies between the employees and generally the most senior people, based on my review […]

Houston City Councilmember Carol Alvarado is temporarily stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after four of her employees received improper incentive bonuses. Alvarado says she had no knowledge of the pay increases, but she accepts full responsibility for what happened.

“Culpability varies between the employees and generally the most senior people, based on my review of the document, seems to have been most culpable. Employees in that office improperly used the delegation of signature authority by Mayor Pro Tem Carol Alvarado to obtain improper payments.”

The mayor says in his reading of the report he finds nothing to indicate Alvarado had any part in the wrongdoing. The mayor pro tem office could undergo a grand jury investigation.

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