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Records Show City Paid for City Attorney's Resort Stay in South Padre

The following is the first in a series of articles on travel and lodging expenses paid by the City of Amarillo for department heads and other city executives.

Records from the City of Amarillo show that the City paid for city attorney William McKamie's resort stay in South Padre in June.

According to the records provided to the Amarillo Pioneer, McKamie turned in a receipt in June for a three day stay at the Pearl South Padre in South Padre, Texas. The receipt charged the City $588.12 for a two person stay at the beachfront resort. The receipt was for McKamie's stay at the hotel from June 14, 2017 through June 17, 2017. The bill was addressed to Janet McKamie.

On the bill, the city attorney was charged $159.00 per night at the hotel and paid a resort fee and a variety of other taxes and fees. Room service charges and restaurant charges were also featured on the bill, but were ultimately removed from the City's portion of the expenses.

On the day of McKamie's arrival at the South Padre resort, McKamie boarded a flight from Amarillo to Harlingen, Texas. That flight cost the City of Amarillo $188.04. 

McKamie's stay was likely during the Texas City Attorney Association Conference. McKamie also serves as city attorney for Alpine, Texas and there is no indication that Alpine paid for any part of McKamie's travel or stay.

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