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Richard M. Hinojosa appointed as temp. exec. director for Edinburg EDC

Richard M. Hinojosa appointed as temp. exec. director for Edinburg EDC

Richard M. Hinojosa, Edinburg’s Interim City Manager, on Monday, January 20, 2020, was appointed as the temporary executive director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. The decision was made on a 4 to 0 vote by the Board of Directors of the Edinburg EDC following the executive session portion of its public meeting, held in the City Council Chamber at Edinburg City Hall. Xavier Salinas, who serves as Vice President of the five-member governing body, was excused from the meeting on other important business. Mayor Pro Tem Gilbert Enríquez made the recommendation to appoint Hinojosa, pointing out Hinojosa’s credentials and experiences as being vital to help out the Edinburg EDC until a permanent executive director is chosen in the coming weeks. “I made this motion specifically because of the transition from Ruben (Ramírez, former Interim Executive Director, Edinburg EDC),” Enríquez explained. “I hope it would behoove the city to have someone who is familiar with what is going on, knows how the system works, the projects that we are working on, while he was city manager. “I felt the transition would be good, and most important, he would be doing it for free,” the mayor pro tem added. Under his current employment as Interim City Manager, Hinojosa’s responsibilities are detailed, including a provision requiring him to perform other duties as assigned by the five-member Edinburg City Council, which includes the mayor. Jorge Salinas, who is President of the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors, also is a member of the Edinburg City Council. A military veteran who served a full year in Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star for his service to the nation, Ramírez on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 announced that he was resigning his position, effective Monday, January 20, 2020, in order to return to private practice as an attorney. Ramírez helped conduct the his final meeting with the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors during the Monday, January 20, 2020 session. He had been hired as Interim Executive Director for the Edinburg EDC 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 ...

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