Edinburg city manager might leave post

EDINBURG — The new city manager has his sights set on a position with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, though he has stopped short of resigning from his post of six months.

Juan Guerra met with city directors on Friday to announce he was considering leaving his post for a position with the Edinburg hospital, city spokeswoman Cary Zayas said Wednesday.

“He wanted to make sure that the rumor mill stopped because he had heard (rumors about his departure),” Zayas said. “He wanted to be upfront with the directors.”

But on Friday evening, Guerra appeared coy about his announcement. When asked by a Monitor reporter if he had resigned Friday, he said no via a text message. He also indicated he had not been terminated or demoted.

Zayas also relayed the same information to The Monitor Friday evening.

It wasn’t until Saturday, when Guerra was asked if he submitted a two-week notice, that he alluded to a potential departure from Edinburg.

“It’s a bit more complicated than that. I did, but I didn’t,” he said when pressed via text. “As things unfold, it will make sense.”

Guerra, however, had not submitted a letter of resignation as of Wednesday afternoon, Zayas said.

“It would be premature for me to say anything about him leaving for now,” she said, adding she could not speak on his behalf. “I think it’s just unclear all the way around if he’s going to make that move, and when it happens — if that happens — it’s not going to be anytime soon. We’re still months away from that.”

Guerra did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

If he decides to depart from Edinburg, he will be the third to leave the post in about a year’s time.

Former city manager Richard Hinojosa left abruptly in June 2018. A few days later, the city announced Pilar Rodriguez would take over. Rodriguez began working for Edinburg July 2, 2018, but resigned less than three months later, opening the post for Guerra, who took over in mid-October 2018.