Noon Fix: Edinburg city manager resigns; Pct. 4 commissioner addresses allegations; field of candidates set
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.
Hidalgo County Commissioner Joseph Palacios addressed allegations Monday that a precinct employee who is running for a spot on the Edinburg school district used county sandbags to anchor his political campaign signs, calling the accusations politically motivated.
Palacios said Monday his office learned several weeks ago of a “rumor” about Steve Cruz — who serves as his director of operations for Precinct 4 and is married to the commissioner’s cousin — regarding the allegations of misuse of county property.
A new board majority might be brewing at the local school district as the board of trustees has four places up for grabs and only three incumbents seeking reelection.
The open seats are being sought by two candidates each in the highly contested race for the upcoming Nov. 6 election.
Commissioner Leo Muñoz, who originally drew two challengers, will run unopposed after the city deemed one candidate ineligible because she registered to vote at an address inside the district too late.
Muñoz’s other challenger, Julie Ann Valdez, withdrew from the race Aug. 26. Valdez and Dina Murillo’s names will not appear on the ballot.