Edinburg city manager resigns

EDINBURG — The newly-hired Edinburg city manager will leave his post at the end of the budget season to return to his previous post with the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority.

Pilar Rodriguez tendered his resignation effective Sept. 28, according to a news release from the city Tuesday. Rodriguez, who joined Edinburg in early July, cited personal reasons for his departure.

“Unfortunately, I’m faced with some personal challenges at this time that need my full attention which means I won’t be able to give my full attention to the city,” he said. “Anything else being talked about is speculation. The reasons are personal, not political. I need this time to take care of myself.”

Rodriguez also praised the city council for their work.

“I have enjoyed my time in Edinburg very much. It’s an exciting place to be. It’s dynamic,” he said. “The mayor, council and staff are top notch. The work they do is always with the citizens in mind.”

Before joining the city, Rodriguez spent six years working as the executive director for the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority — a post he will return to.

“Career wise, there’s a demand for him,” Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina said in the prepared statement. “When you’re as talented as Pilar is, people want you to be part of their team. He’s returning to the RMA to finish a job he started there. That’s where his passion is.”

The search for a new city manager is already underway, city officials said. Edinburg’s two assistant city managers, Sonia Marroquin and Carla Rodriguez, will cover day to day operations.