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Edinburg’s police chief Mayor, Councilman clash
Edinburg’s police chief Mayor, Councilman clash
Edinburg’s police chief Mayor, Councilman clash

Edinburg’s police chief Mayor, Councilman clash

Edinburg Police Chief Cesar Torres returned to his job last week after a five-day suspension. Question remains: Why was he suspended? Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina says it’s a simple case of political retaliation on the part of new Councilman David White who was the city’s former police chief before he was demoted by the city’s previous city manager, Juan Guerra. White, meanwhile, said he had nothing to do with Torres’s suspension. That was the (interim) city manager’s (Richard Hinojosa) call, according to White, who was voted into office last November. “I love this city,” said White. “I’ve been here 28 years. I devoted a lot of my life to this city. I’m a true public servant. Giving up my Christmases, and I’ve given up my holidays with my family. I ran (for city council last year) because I didn’t like what was going on in the city.” Such as? “Like the way the city was (awarding) contracts (to certain vendors). It seemed like the same people were getting most of the contracts. I also didn’t like the way we started spending money. All of a sudden (the 2017 municipal election brought Molina in as mayor, Gilbert Enriquez and Jorge Salinas as councilmen, and kicked out the old guard), we were spending a lot of money. The city started spending money like crazy, and I’m just watching some policies being violated even on the spending. There’s not much you can do about it.” Between the 2017 and 2019 elections, Gilbert Enriquez bolted from the new council majority after claiming that Molina was running the city like a dictator. Despite that defection, if you will, Molina still held the majority because then-City Councilman David Torres was still on the council. In response to Enriquez’s claims that he was acting like a dictator while occupying the mayoral seat, Molina said late last year, “There’s his side, and there’s my side. His thing is, in my opinion, he wants to be able to pick vendors. He wants to be able to pick this, pick that; and if he can’t choose, well guess what? Then he claims that I’m overseeing a dictatorship. Seriously?” Two years later, the November 2019 municipal election and subsequent runoff changed the majority makeup of the city council. Molina no longer held the majority. Instead, that was shifted to the mayor’s main nemesis, City Councilman Gilbert Enriquez, thanks to the election of White and Johnny Garcia. Since ...

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