City of Edinburg

EDINBURG — The city council terminated the city attorney at a noon meeting Tuesday.

Rick Gonzalez, of Oxford and Gonzalez, will no longer serve as the city attorney, but will continue to represent the city in the cases he was already handling, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina said Tuesday.

“He’s still going to remain on the team… Just not as the number one,” Molina said.

The city council voted unanimously to terminate the service agreement with Gonzalez and appointed Omar Ochoa as the interim city attorney.

Ochoa, the son of former Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa, is no stranger to the city.

“Mr. Ochoa is an Edinburg native,” city officials said in a press release Tuesday. “He graduated from the business honors program at the University of Texas, Austin. He also earned a master’s in professional accounting and became a certified public accountant before returning to law school at UT Austin, where he graduated with honors.”

“I think he’s great,” the mayor added in the statement. “Omar has been nationally recognized as one of the best young trial lawyers in the country. He’s a tremendous addition to our team.”

Gonzalez served in the post for about a year after former city attorney Rick Palacios stepped down following a change in leadership last year.