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City manager on the hot seat
City manager on the hot seat

City manager on the hot seat

The Edinburg municipal election may be over as of Nov. 5, but political intrigue inside city hall remains. On Wednesday’s city agenda (Nov. 13th ), there is listed an item that says City Manager Juan Guerra, the city secretary, the municipal court coordinator, and the EDC board are up for a city council evaluation. Currently, Councilman Gilbert Enriquez holds the majority vote until a run-off election for Place 3 is decided. Early voting begins Nov. 25, followed by election day, Dec. 5. Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina lost political ally David Torres in last Tuesday’s municipal election after Torres’s opponent, former Edinburg Police Chief David White, beat him by approximately 800 votes (3,659 ballots vs. 2,846) for the city’s Place 4 seat. The council majority is now split: Molina and Councilman Jorge Salinas vs. Councilman Gilbert Enriquez and now David White. It’s not really split, however, since Homer Jasso, Jr. still retains his Place 3 seat and is currently a Gilbert Enriquez ally, giving him the council majority until the run-off election has come and gone. The city charter precludes the city council from firing the city manager 60 days prior to an election. That may or may not include a run-off election since that verbiage isn’t included in the city charter. The run-off scenario depends on how the city council wants to interpret it. There is nothing to say, however, that the city council majority can’t offer the city manager a severance package of some sort if they really want to get rid of him badly enough. The Wednesday meeting will tell the tale. Currently, the city manager, Juan Guerra, has a two-year contract remaining, which pays an annual salary of $250,000. The city secretary and court coordinator have no contract with the city. In the run-off for Jasso Jr.’s Place 3 seat stands Deanna “Coach” Dominguez, supported by Molina and Salinas; and Juan “Johnny” Garcia, supported by the Enriquez/ White faction. Dominguez is a special-ed teacher and coach; Garcia is a funeral home director and partner. Check anjournal.com Thursday morning for the outcome of Wednesday’s Edinburg meeting. Who will still be around after it ends? The story will also appear in next week’s printed edition. Here’s a question, though: a reader sent The Advance News Journal a campaign photo that allegedly shows three of the people indicted for voter fraud campaigning for the same candidate who promised constituents to rid the city of voter fraud. Granted, the ...

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