Alamo hires new city secretary

ALAMO — Alamo city leaders have filled the city secretary post after it had remained vacant for nearly five months.

The Board of Commissioners appointed Alexandra Rangel to the position of city secretary during its Nov. 6 meeting. Her annual salary was set at $39,500, according to the meeting minutes. Rangel’s salary may be increased after a six-month evaluation.

A Hidalgo County native, Rangel received a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in May, according to her LinkedIn account, and before coming to the city of Alamo worked as a program coordinator and program specialist for the UTRGV School of Medicine for approximately two years.

Rangel could not be reached for comment Wednesday on her new position.

She replaces Margot Salas, who resigned in July for personal reasons, according to City Manager Luciano Ozuna Jr. Salas was city secretary from 2000 until her June 2013 resignation and was re-hired just months later in January 2014, according to Monitor archives.

The city received approximately six applicants for the position, Ozuna said, noting he was impressed by Rangel’s education.

The city secretary is the official record keeper for the city and responsible for preparing the agenda packets for the bi-monthly commissioners meetings and keeping meeting records, among other tasks.

The city also filled another position last month, making Martha Alvarado the permanent executive secretary, working under the city manager.

Alvarado was brought on temporarily following the July 27 suspension of Crystal Garza, who was arrested the day prior on allegations she was involved with a local criminal group.