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Has Hell frozen over? Edinburg council unanimously chooses new city manager
New Edinburg City Manager

Has Hell frozen over? Edinburg council unanimously chooses new city manager

EDINBURG -- When news broke last week that the Edinburg City Council had unanimously chosen a new city manager, the first thought that came to mind was: Can’t be… Has Hell frozen over? Indeed, Hell’s playground under a deep freeze would be about as rare as a unanimous vote by this current split acrimonious council when it comes to an important matter like choosing someone new to lead this city that has all the makings of a modern-day Peyton Place. During most city council meetings when Mayor Richard Molina and his nemesis, former political ally Gilbert Enriquez, go at it, the only thing missing are the boxing gloves and bats. When news stories appear locally about Edinburg, a few reporters love to include the phrase “scandal-ridden” in front of the city’s name, thanks to a criminal indictment and pending trial that was kicked off two years ago by former Justice of the Peace Mary Alice Palacios who lost a lucrative city health insurance contract following Molina’s mayoral election in November 2017. She subsequently accused the mayor, his wife, and supporters of voter fraud and sent her allegations to the secretary of state’s office, who then sent it to the state attorney general’s office, who then drafted the Hidalgo County DA’s Office to help in the investigation and prosecution of Molina, his wife, and approximately nine others tied to his campaign. Allegedly, they had convinced a handful of voters to lie about their place of residence. Molina won that election by approximately 1,400 votes. All of which makes Edinburg, the county seat, that much more soap-opera-like when one considers that the DA, Ricardo Rodriguez, is the nephew to Mary Alice Palacios, part of this city’s long-standing powerful political dynasty. Molina calls the case against him a witch hunt on the part of Mary Alice Palacios with the help of her nephew, the DA, while Rodriguez says he’s just doing his job because the Texas AG requested his help, and his ties to his aunt have nothing whatsoever to do with the cases his office are prosecuting. Meanwhile, last year’s election brought a new city council majority to power, which suddenly placed Molina in the 3-2 minority; but Councilman Johnny Garcia has jumped from the three-member majority on several occasions including the most recent vote to hire a new city auditor. Still, Molina is typically in the minority now with Jorge Salinas, while Enriquez, White, and Garcia comprise ...

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