Mercedes ousts city manager

MERCEDES — After only two months on the job, Mercedes commissioners ousted the city manager at a commission meeting on Tuesday.

Daniel Tijerina began as city manager on July 18 and previously served as assistant city manager.

“It seems there’s now an improper and potentially retaliatory effort to unappoint me from my current position,” Tijerina said, reading from a letter he wrote to commissioners before their vote.

Tijerina asked to keep his job and requested the commission reach a mutual agreement.

Despite the appeal, commissioners voted 3-1 to remove Tijerina from his position as city manager effective immediately.

City Commissioner James Howard Wade, Jr. and Mayor Henry Hinojosa voted against removing Tijerina; Commissioners Ruben “Chano” Guajardo, Leo Villarreal, Cristella “Cris” De Leon Hernandez voted in favor. De Leon Hernandez and Villarreal were recently elected to the commission in June.

Hinojosa deferred any comments from the commission and mayor to city attorney Juan Molina who had “no comment” on the removal of Tijerina.

An emotional Tijerina shook hands with supporters and others before leaving the commission chamber Tuesday evening.

In May, former City Manager Ricardo Garcia filed a lawsuit over his suspension from the position, the Mid-Valley Town Crier previously reported.

Tijerina previously served as public works director in Edinburg for six years, and was city planner and assistant city planner for the city of Mission for a total of 10 years.