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Edinburg EDC Interim Director resigns position effective 1/20/20

A military veteran who served four years in Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star for his service to the nation, Rubén R. Ramírez, the interim Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 announced that he was resigning his position in order to return to private practice as an attorney. Ramírez’ resignation goes into effect on Monday, January 20, 2020. He will be returning to work for a former employer: Chávez Legal Group, headquartered in Edinburg, which serves as Staff Counsel for Loya Insurance Group. During that evening's executive session portion of the Edinburg EDC's Board of Directors monthly meeting, Ramírez said he informed the five-member group, which includes Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Gilbert Enríquez and fellow City Councilmember Jorge Salinas, of his decision. When that governing board, which met in closed session in the meeting room behind the City Council Chambers at Edinburg City Hall, returned into open session, each of the five board members expressed high praise and appreciation for Ramírez’ work. Enríquez motioned to accept Ramírez’ letter of resignation, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors, which includes recent appointees Xavier Salinas, Daniel Díaz and Roland Gómez Ramírez had been hired on a temporary basis on Friday, July 5, 2019, after former Edinburg EDC Executive Director Joey Treviño had resigned a few days earlier to return to his consulting business. In thanking the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors for the opportunity to be part of the city’s economic development strategies, Ramírez emphasized that he was departing on positive terms with the Edinburg EDC governing board. “I don’t want anybody to think that somehow, this was an ousting or a termination, or for the (Edinburg EDC) board to get a bad reputation, because it is unwarranted,” he said. “We have a great working relationship. These things happen.” Ramírez noted that when he came on board with the Edinburg EDC, it was on a temporary basis. “If I had wanted to stay around, I probably could have,” he said. “But I wanted to get back into law. I especially enjoy being in the courtroom. I enjoy trials.” Ramírez, a graduate of the University of Houston School of Law, said he used his professional skills and experiences, along with his academic background – he attended Texas A&M University before earning a business degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and has completed the first year of a Master of Business Administration – said ...

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