Crystal City council member resigns Wednesday

Mayor Pro-Tem Rogelio Mata latest to leave council

Crystal City Mayor Pro Tem Rogelio Mata (courtesy

CRYSTAL CITY, Texas – Facing federal charges and a recall election, another Crystal City council member has resigned.

Mayor Pro-Tem Rogelio Mata resigned Wednesday, confirmed City Clerk Selina Ramos. Mata's brother and fellow council member, Roel Mata, has already resigned, as has Mayor Ricardo Lopez.

All three have been indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges.

Rogelio Mata's resignation comes the day after he voted to order a recall election for himself, Lopez and Councilman Marco Rodriguez. His final vote was to bring Crystal City ISD Board President Ray Espinosa on as the city's temporary administrator.

Now only Rodriguez and Councilman Joel Barajas remain on the City Council.

Rodriguez has been indicted on charges of transporting undocumented immigrants.

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Garrett Brnger is a reporter with KSAT 12.