Brownsville, Texas: A South Texas city official who used a racial slur to describe two black assistant district attorneys has resigned. Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon submitted his letter of resignation to Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez and the rest of the city commissioners, effective immediately, on Thursday night, citing a conflict of interest between his duties as a lawyer and as a city commissioner.
Last month, multiple social media users posted audio clips of De Leon using slurs and derogatory language in referring to two prosecutors in the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. De Leon later apologized for the language, although he called the conversation private. He also said he believed the discussion was recorded, edited and released by the person to whom he was speaking.
Martinez said “To formally (resign) you have to have a signed letter and it has to be accepted by the City Secretary so I haven’t seen that part of it yet. I’m aware that such a letter is out there.”
“I understand the circumstances and I also understand that we’ve had … I like to work with the people that got elected and but you know it is what it is. I cant foretell the future but he was a hard worker. He is a hard worker and like I said only he can decide what he thinks is best for himself and for the city,” Martinez said.
When reached for comment, Cesar De Leon said he chose to resign because of a conflict of interest between his legal practice and serving on the city commission.
“There’s a conflict of interest that has risen between my profession and the commission. Because I’m a practicing attorney conflicts could arise because of the city. I don’t want to jeopardize my profession, so I decided to step down because I have to decide between the city or being an attorney,” De Leon said.
Cesar De Leon was elected to the position in May 2015. His term is scheduled to end in May 2019.