Commissioners approve nearly $2 million for Public Integrity Unit


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News, JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and chief photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Travis County commissioners have approved nearly $2 million in county funds to keep the Public Integrity Unit afloat.

The Public Integrity Unit is responsible for investigating public corruption cases as well as insurance and tax fraud and white collar crimes. The unit lost its state funding from Governor Rick Perry earlier this summer due to District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's DWI arrest.

“She needs to resign and save us all this drama. She’s brought disrepute to the county. It’s sort of made the county a laughing stock across the state,” said Travis County resident Jay Wiley.

At a meeting Tuesday, DA Lehmberg addressed commissioners and requested that the funds needed for the PIU be taken from the county's General Fund.

The $1.76 million from the county would keep nearly 24 employees.

Four commissioners voted yes to approve the funding. One person opposed.

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