The Edinburg City Manager is getting a $25,000 pay increase after an unusually quick special meeting, which has left some city council members with questions.
Mayor Richard Molina didn’t feel it was necessary to go into executive session, although it was on the agenda.
Instead, Molina rushed through the process that there wasn’t even a chance to discuss the city manager’s salary to $250,000 a year.
Edinburg City Council Member Gilbert Enriquez tried to speak as the mayor was wrapping up the voting process as he had questions about the city’s decision to raise Edinburg City Manager Juan Guerra’s pay by $25,000.
“We don’t even know where this money is coming out of, what department this is coming out of,” said Enriquez. “Is it going to come out of solid waste? Is it going to come out of the landfill? Isn’t going come out of utilities?”
There are questions he tried asking during the meeting, but in the end, nothing was discussed.
And as the mayor adjourned the meeting, Edinburg Councilmember Homer Jasso Jr. walked out and said, “this is a joke.”
The decision was a surprise to Enriquez because he was under the impression that Guerra was preparing to leave the city.
“I was told, I asked him whether what his intentions were if he was going to leave or not,” said Enriquez. “And all indications to me were that he was going to leave.”
But Guerra said he changed his mind after competing in the All-America City.
“We have some unfinished business here in Edinburg and while going through the All-America City campaign,” said Guerra. “We already see the beauty of the community; the comradery and it wasn’t just with employees it was also with segments of community.”
All Enriquez wanted was for the city to be transparent with the taxpayers.
“The public needs to know everything, the bad, the good and the ugly and it’s unfortunate that this majority council doesn’t see that,” said Enriquez.
The city released a statement, which said Guerra will stay on as city manager.
Guerra will enter into a three year contract with the city effective today. The contract includes a $25,000 pay raise which the mayor said is in line with the salaries of other city managers in our region.