Starr County commissioner under investigation

RIO GRANDE CITY — Starr County Commissioner Eloy Garza is under investigation by the county’s special crimes unit.

Garza, commissioner for Precinct 3, said the unit was reviewing a lease-purchase agreement with Doggett Equipment Services for $638,000. He said it was about “some papers that were not signed properly by the judge and myself — that’s it.”

According to Garza, the county had been negotiating with Doggett since December to lease-purchase two loaders and as many motor graders.

Rio Grande City Police Chief Noe Castillo, who leads the special crimes unit, refrained from referring to the unit’s review as an investigation.

“The unit is looking into stuff by request of the county auditor,” Castillo said.

Boyd Carter, the county auditor, was not immediately available for comment.

Garza said the matter was politically motivated because of significant budget cuts county commissioners recently approved.

He referred questions about the details of the investigation to County Attorney Victor Canales, who did not immediately return a request for comment.

Staff writer Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro contributed to this report.