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La Joya hires new city attorney

La Joya hired a new city attorney on Tuesday.

Mayor Isidro Casanova and the City Council selected Isaac V. Sulemana, 36, of Sullivan City — the chief of staff to Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez — for the job on Tuesday afternoon.

“Being a man of the law, the opportunity to help the city of La Joya when they needed an attorney was just a perfect fit,” Sulemana said.

La Joya City Attorney Isaac V. Sulemana was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, by Mayor Isidro Casanova. (Photo by Dave Hendricks / The Progress Times.)


La Joya started looking for a lawyer in December, when City Attorney Roberto Jackson resigned to focus on his private law practice.

Sulemana heard about the opportunity and called Casanova, who recommended him for the job.

The City Council voted 4-0 to appoint Sulemana. City Councilman Esequiel “Chuck” Garza didn’t attend the meeting.

“He’s very easy to talk to. He’s very knowledgeable. He’s very professional. And he’s very understanding,” Casanova said, adding that Sulemana also knows the community, the issues La Joya faces and the local political landscape.

La Joya agreed to pay Sulemana a maximum of $30,000 for a year of legal work, according to a draft copy of his contract released by the city. The proposed contract would end on Jan. 9, 2024.

Sulemana also represents the La Joya Area Federal Credit Union, which serves western Hidalgo County.

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