BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Brownsville City Commission announced the appointment of its newest city manager during a special meeting held Monday.

Following an executive Helen Ramirez was announced as the city’s first female city manager by Mayor Trey Mendez.

According to agenda documents, the appointment of Ramirez authorized Mendez to execute a contract with the selected candidate. On Facebook, the mayor posted that he negotiated a two-year contract with Ramirez.

The appointment comes after former city manager Noel Bernal resigned in June 2022 to accept an appointment as county manager in Adams County, Colorado.

As previously reported by ValleyCentral, Ramirez was the deputy city manager who served as the interim city manager during the hiring process.

Ramirez has over 20 years of municipal planning experience which includes 10 years of private sector experience managing complex and high profile economic development projects both in the United States and internationally. This includes the award-winning Los Angeles Air Force Base $115 million New Space and Missile Command Center redevelopment project, according to the Brownsville City website.

She is the only female city manager in the top 18 most populous cities in Texas, city officials noted.

Ramirez holds a degree in city and regional planning from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and is an American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) professional.