DA's office looks into Alvarado's consulting arrangements
KHOU-11's Doug Miller reports that the Harris County District Attorney's office is looking into Councilmember Carol Alvarado's arrangements with various consulting firms for potential conflicts of interest:
The Harris County District Attorney’s office is taking a close look at some of the ways Carol Alvarado has made money outside City Hall.
DA investigators have spent the past couple of days in San Antonio and the Austin area subpoenaing documents from a couple of political consulting firms for which she’s done contract work.
Alvarado’s personal financial statement on file at City Hall shows that she’s worked for something called the Horizon Consulting Group and a Rudy Rodriguez in San Antonio, as well as a Capital Development firm and Harold Oliver, whose address is listed in McQueeny, Texas.
District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal confirmed that subpoenas were served to those firms, and he said his office is investigating potential conflicts of interest. He declined to elaborate.
The DA’s office has been investigating Alvarado’s mayor pro tem office for three months after revelations that four of her employees gave themselves big bonuses and pay raises.
Investigators are probing not only those now-fired city employees, but also the council member herself.
The Chronicle's Matt Stiles reports that Rosenthal says his office hasn't determined whether a criminal investigation is warranted, and is just "trying to be thorough."
Stiles further reports that the city is trying to recover the improper bonuses received by employees of the Mayor Pro Tem's office under Carol Alvarado's watch.