Weslaco hires former Edinburg city secretary

The Weslaco City Commission last month selected a city secretary to fill the role left vacant in October.

Upon City Manager Mike Perez’s recommendation, the city commission hired Myra Garza, who most recently served as Edinburg Economic Development Corporation director of business operations and marketing. Her annual salary at the Edinburg EDC was set between $70,000 and $84,000, according to Monitor archives.

The city of Weslaco will pay Garza $70,000 a year.

Garza, having been employed for about six months by the Edinburg EDC, previously served as city secretary for Edinburg.

“We’re real happy to have her on board,” Perez said.  “I think it’s going to be a pretty seamless transition for us. She’s been a city secretary in the past, so it makes it a lot easier.”

The position was left vacant by former Weslaco City Secretary Elizabeth Walker, who resigned in October after working for the city for nearly 10 years. Walker currently works for the city of Brownsville as the assistant to the city manager.

Weslaco commissioners and the mayor interviewed city secretary candidates last month, hiring Garza, who was the “best qualified candidate,” according to Perez.

Weslaco’s interim city secretary, who filled the role from October until late last month, did not apply for the position.

The city secretary, in Weslaco, serves as the elections administrator, which coordinates city elections, including accepting applications for a place of the ballot from candidates, confirming their eligibility to be placed on a ballot and conducting the drawing for the candidates’ positions on the ballot.

Garza, who will oversee the city secretary’s office and its employees, will also handle public information requests, assemble the agendas for Weslaco City Commission meetings and handle vital statistics information, such as birth certificates, in addition to other duties.