For the first time in 17 years, a change in leadership in La Joya is brewing.
Tuesday evening, the new mayor and two new commissioners will be sworn in flipping up the majority of the city council.
“There are some issues we need to take care of like right away,” said newly-elected mayor, Isidro Casanova.
Casanova was sworn in Monday evening and his first official duty is to follow the money.
“We’re going to go in there and do a complete audit of the finances and find where the money has been spent,” said Casanova.
The former Chief of Police defeated Fito Salinas, who had held that spot for 17 years, by 61% of the vote.
Casanova said he ran to fix La Joya’s reputation after the FBI raided city hall in August.
“That’s the exact reason we’re doing this, to start off on a clean slate and if there are any wrongdoings that were done in the past, we want to bring it out,” said Casanova who is meeting with all department heads to get a feel for upcoming changes. “Big changes are coming for sure, that’s why we’re elected because of change and that’s exactly what they’re going to get.”
But he isn’t the only new face on the council.
“Hearing from them, what their wants and needs are from the city so we’re ready to go and get to work,” said Laura Mendiola-Macias who ran with Casanova and Roger Hernandez under the ‘We Are La Joya’ Campaign.
They all won, creating the new majority on the five-member council.
Macias says her first order of business is already brewing.
“Insurance for our employees, that’s a big deal for me. I think our first responders should have some type of reassurance if something happens they’re taken care of, they’re risking their lives daily.”
She also wants to bring parks to La Joya for more opportunities for younger children to play.
Roger Hernandez was also sworn in Tuesday evening.