Mission names interim city manager to permanent position

Randy Perez has been promoted to Mission’s city manager post after leading the municipality in an interim capacity, officially filling the role left vacant in December by Martin Garza.

The decision to hire Perez was announced near the end of Monday’s city council meeting, after which Perez thanked the council and Mayor Armando O’Caña for the opportunity.

“It’s truly a blessing to serve in this capacity for the city; couldn’t do it without the help of our great directors that I have,” Perez said. “I think we have a great team here in the city of Mission, a great community, and (I) look forward to serving.”

O’Caña said he’s “very proud” of Perez, adding that Perez started with in a part-time role in the finance department before eventually moving up the ranks.

The city did not advertise for the city manager position, which O’Caña said was due to Perez’s experience in finance and his master’s degree in public administration.

“We talked about it and we had people that inquired, but we felt as a council last night that there was no need for that,” O’Caña said of searching for outside candidates.

Perez has worked for the city for 17 years, starting out in the finance department before his promotion to deputy city manager under Garza in 2015.

He was then named acting city manager when Garza announced his retirement in November 2018 after nearly 27 years with the city.

Garza, who officially retired at the end of December, started out in the city with the police department in 1991 and was eventually hired to run the city in 2013.

In 2016, his contract was extended for six years and his salary bumped up to $225,000 annually from $186,500.

Perez’s contract length and salary are still under negotiation but there will be a standard six-month probationary period.