The Rio Grande Metropolis commissioners voted to maneuver ahead with a plan to grant employment contracts to their police and hearth chiefs with a powerful indication they deliberate to finally do the identical for all division heads.
Throughout a metropolis assembly on Wednesday, the commissioners unanimously authorized a decision to grant contracts to each chiefs however the particulars of these contracts are nonetheless be finalized and will likely be authorized at a later date.
The commissioners mulled the problem throughout a gathering two weeks in the past however, on the time, the proposal additionally included contracts for all division administrators.
Such a transfer would have been unprecedented within the state, interim Metropolis Secretary Melissa Garza informed the commissioners on the time.
“Once I spoke to a consultant from TML (Texas Municipal League), they did say that in the entire state of Texas, there isn’t a single municipality that has contracts for administrators, they’re all at-will,” Garza mentioned in the course of the Aug. 12 assembly. “The one ones that often have contracts are simply your metropolis managers and your metropolis attorneys, in order that they mentioned that they actually don’t suggest it as a result of no one within the state of Texas has ever finished it.”
When requested to touch upon the problem, a spokesperson for TML mentioned they don’t have a place and referred inquiries to town’s lawyer.
However throughout Wednesday’s assembly, Mayor Joel Villarreal mentioned they had been solely addressing contracts for the chiefs right now however assured administrators weren’t forgotten.
“At this level, we’re contemplating the police and hearth chief after which, at that time, taking a look at all the opposite administrators as nicely,” Villarreal mentioned.
Regardless of TML’s advisement towards implementing employment agreements with all division heads, Villarreal mentioned he was in favor of doing so to forestall shedding key workers to different cities.
“Rio Grande Metropolis is in a superb place due to our workers, due to the management of our metropolis fee,” the mayor mentioned, “however I’m going again primarily to our workers as a result of they’re those which are on the market day in and time out.”
For these causes, Metropolis Commissioner Hernan Garza argued that they shouldn’t simply approve contracts for the chiefs.
“We have to take into account the remainder of the division heads, mayor,” Garza mentioned. “If we’re going to do that, I don’t suppose it’s truthful as a result of all of them do a great job they usually’re all a part of the identical group that has town the place it’s at.”
Commissioner Rey Ramirez mentioned he agreed however reminded Garza that that was on maintain pending the decision of some considerations — seemingly having to do with TMLs suggestions and making an attempt to attenuate the probability of authorized challenges to these contracts.
After voting to maneuver ahead with contracts for the chiefs, Villarreal requested Metropolis Legal professional Calixtro Villarreal to look into find out how to proceed with doing the identical for the administrators.
“There are people who’ve positioned us within the place the place we’re at they usually work day in and time out,” Villarreal mentioned, including that he needed town to decide to them and in addition present job safety.
“We have now such valued administrators that I actually need them to stick with Rio Grande Metropolis and for them to not be poached by different entities or companies eager to have the workers that we’ve got,” he mentioned. “And by us committing to them as nicely, it’s saying one thing.”