City of Pharr http://pharr-tx.gov Official website for the City of Pharr Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:34:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Professional Surveying Services 2015-2017 http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/31/professional-surveying-services-2015-2017/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/31/professional-surveying-services-2015-2017/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:34:39 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17185 The City of Pharr is soliciting REQUEST for QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) from professional engineering firms for PROFESSIONAL SURVEYING SERVICES. Request for Qualifications will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the City Manager’s Office located at 118 South Cage Blvd., 4th Floor, Pharr, Texas 78577 ATTENTION: City Manager Juan Guerra.

CITY OF PHARR
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
PROFESSIONAL SURVEYING SERVICES 2015-2017
NO. 1415-01-528-0032

The City reserves the right to negotiate with any and all firms that submit qualifications, as per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act, Texas Government Code Section 2254.004 and Texas Local Government Code Section 271.118. Any qualifications received after the closing time will not be accepted and returned to the engineering firm unopened. City of Pharr normal business days are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and shall be closed on recognized holidays.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) packets may be obtained from the City Engineer’s Office located on the 1st Floor, 118 South Cage, Pharr, Texas 78577 at no cost. Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to William F. Ueckert Jr., P.E., City Engineer, by calling (956) 402-4242.

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Various Professional Engineering Services 2015-2017 http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/31/various-professional-engineering-services-2015-2017/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/31/various-professional-engineering-services-2015-2017/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:32:54 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17183 The City of Pharr is soliciting REQUEST for QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) from professional engineering firms for VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES. Request for Qualifications will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the City Manager’s Office located at 118 South Cage Blvd., 4th Floor, Pharr, Texas 78577 ATTENTION: City Manager Juan Guerra.

CITY OF PHARR
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES 2015-2017
NO. 1415-01-528-0030

The City reserves the right to negotiate with any and all firms that submit qualifications, as per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act, Texas Government Code Section 2254.004 and Texas Local Government Code Section 271.118. Any qualifications received after the closing time will not be accepted and returned to the engineering firm unopened. City of Pharr normal business days are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and shall be closed on recognized holidays.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) packets may be obtained from the City Engineer’s Office located on the 1st Floor, 118 South Cage, Pharr, Texas 78577 at no cost. Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to William F. Ueckert Jr., P.E., City Engineer, by calling (956) 402-4242.

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Geotechnical Professional Engineering Services 2015-2017 http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/31/geotechnical-professional-engineering-services-2015-2017/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/31/geotechnical-professional-engineering-services-2015-2017/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:28:50 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17181 The City of Pharr is soliciting REQUEST for QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) from professional engineering firms for GEOTECHNICAL PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES. Request for Qualifications will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the City Manager’s Office located at 118 South Cage Blvd., 4th Floor, Pharr, Texas 78577 ATTENTION: City Manager Juan Guerra.

CITY OF PHARR
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
GEOTECHNICAL PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES 2015-2017
NO. 1415-01-528-0031

The City reserves the right to negotiate with any and all firms that submit qualifications, as per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act, Texas Government Code Section 2254.004 and Texas Local Government Code Section 271.118. Any qualifications received after the closing time will not be accepted and returned to the engineering firm unopened. City of Pharr normal business days are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and shall be closed on recognized holidays.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) packets may be obtained from the City Engineer’s Office located on the 1st Floor, 118 South Cage, Pharr, Texas 78577 at no cost. Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to William F. Ueckert Jr., P.E., City Engineer, by calling (956) 402-4242.

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City Controller http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/17/17122/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/17/17122/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:49:24 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17122 Download Job Application | Notify me about New Job Postings

 


Job Title: City Controller
Category: Finance
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time
Annual Base Salary Negotiable

 

  GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The City Controller is responsible for maintaining various accounting records such as general ledgers, subsidiary books, and bank account reconciliations; analyzing financial statements and reports; installing accounting systems as may be required and authorized for effective management; fiscally interpreting established accounting procedures; and supervising accounting and clerical personnel. Incumbent will exercises independent judgment in applying acquired knowledge and skills in the performance of assigned broad accounting functions. The City Controller performs work under general supervision, but in accordance with established policies and regulations.

 

The City Controller supervises the maintenance of numerous accounts, as well as, planning, assigning, coordinating and reviewing work of subordinate personnel including payroll, human resources, accounts payable, general and health insurance, and accounting. Incumbent verifies inventory by physical count and makes necessary adjustments in records kept. The City Controller supervises the accounting section and participates in the formulation and administration of policies and procedures for accounting and auditing functions and prepares such financial data as may be required on such phases of work as budgetary accounting, fixed assets, cost accounting, statistics, and health, general liability and workman’s compensation insurance.

 

The City Controller will also analyze records of expenditures and encumbrances and recommends needed changes. Incumbent instructs subordinates on technical accounting and bookkeeping problems and in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, and accounting procedures. Also, performs wide variety of related accounting and administrative tasks including assisting in directing and managing the Finance Department. Directs and administers the operation of the centralized computer financial record keeping system and assures that we maintain up to date expertise and skills regarding this area of our operations. The City Controller assists in the preparation of specifications for audit services and various other major departmental projects and expenditures.

 

The City Controller will review bank balances on a daily basis to ensure that accounts are not over-drawn. Incumbent will also ensure that all existing bank accounts maintain an active status unless the account is authorized to be either merged into another account or closed.

The City Controller will work closely with Purchasing, Accounts Payable, and Utility Cashiers, and payroll to ensure that adequate internal controls are being followed when handling cash / cash equivalents, vendor payments, bank deposits, ACH transactions, Electronic Fund Transfers, and Wire Transfers.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

 

The City Controller performs advanced professional accounting of a varied nature. Incumbent must analyze and prepare financial reports to determine record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, or other financial activities within the organization. The City Controller is under the direct supervision of the Finance Director.

 

EXAMPLES OF WORKED PERFORMED (NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE)

 

  1. Develops, maintains, and trains employees on financial policies on the management of grants, capital projects, capital assets, and other financial reporting activities.
  2. Oversees and coordinates all activities and functions for areas of responsibility to include general ledger, financial reporting, fixed assets, capital projects, insurance, human resources, payroll, and federal and state grants.
  1. Establishes, maintains and drives continuous improvement of internal accounting and administrative controls for the safeguarding of the City’s assets.
  1. Establishes and ensures compliance with the City’s financial policies and procedures.
  2. Directs the timely and effective year-end closing processes of financial information resulting with the highest level of quality and reliability.
  3. Coordinates and develops quarterly and annual financial reports, to include the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit Report in compliance with the governmental accounting and auditing and financial reporting standards.
  4. Coordinates audits, to include the annual audit, and develops and schedules outside auditor activities.
  5. Acts as a resource to and liaison between City Departments as well as external contacts.
  6. Provides technical guidance and direction.
  7. Interviews, selects, supervises, develops, evaluates, counsels, and if necessary, disciplines personnel according to established policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  8. Assists in the preparation of the department’s operating budget.
  9. Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data;
  10. Perform other work as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Finance or Accounting or equivalent with 5 years experience in accounting and/or vocational training. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge – Knowledge in arithmetic algebra, statistics, and their applications.   Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiations, and personnel information systems. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

Skills – Using mathematics to solve problems. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving decision-making. Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

 

Abilities – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to communicate information and ideas verbally, and in writing, so others will understand. The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g. patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to see at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (including finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The noise level in this environment is usually quiet in an inside office setting. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) the City of Pharr will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

 

 

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Bridge Director http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/13/bridge-director/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/13/bridge-director/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:30:14 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17096 Download Job Application | Notify me about New Job Postings

 


Job Title: Bridge Director
Category: Bridge
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time
Annual Base Salary Negotiable

 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The Bridge Director is responsible for the overall operations of the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge. The following are the Bridge Director’s duties:

  1. Supervises some bridge personnel directly and others indirectly. Evaluates work performance of subordinates;
  2. Directs the operation of the bridge and bridge properties; coordinates efforts to repair and maintain same through other city departments and outside sources;
  3. Prepares monthly and annual statements of operation, statistical and comparative reports; summaries toll collectors reports; fills out governmental reports (e.g. Census Reports);
  4. Prepares annual budget, audits deposits, and pays creditors;
  5. Directs and coordinates staff functions through regular meetings to outline objective to enhance the administration of the bridge operation;
  6. Analyzes procedures that the department uses as guidelines. Plans and develops new procedures that assure and facilitate smoother work flow;
  7. Provides City Manager with timely and informative financial reports and statements; and
  8. Performs other duties as

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

The Bridge Director plans, directs, and coordinates the activities relating to the administrative work, fiscal reporting, and debt management of the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge. Work is reviewed by the City Manager through observation, review, and management practices. The Bridge Director’s work is performed under the general direction of the City Manager and in accordance with statutory procedures and regulations.

 

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

  1. Plans, organizes, evaluates and directs departmental policies, programs, financial operations and management controls;
  2. Maintains bankbooks on all accounts, listing deposit receipts and the bank balance at the end of each month;
  3. Reviews monthly and annual financial statements;
  4. Works closely with U.S. and Mexican government officials: Local, State, and Federal;
  5. Monitors legislation and reports to board on issues that relate to cross border trade; and
  6. Performs related work as required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or related field. Five (5) years experience in bridge administration or a related field. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge – Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

 

Skills – using logic reasoning to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. Using mathematics to solve problems.

 

Abilities – Ability to plan and conduct meeting conferences. Ability to formulate and install methods, procedures, forms and records systems. Ability to prepare complex financial reports. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to exercise good judgment and perform a wide range of supervisory responsibilities. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Assistant Director of Operations http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/13/assistant-director-of-operations/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/13/assistant-director-of-operations/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:55:17 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17092 Download Job Application | Notify me about New Job Postings

 


Job Title: Assistant Director of Operations
Category: Bridge
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time
Annual Base Salary Negotiable

 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The Assistant Director of Operations is responsible for assisting the Bridge Director in the operations of the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge. The following are the incumbent’s duties:
  1. Approved work schedules and approves substitutes as needed;
  2. Supervises cashiers, toll collectors, and maintenance personnel;
  3. Directs the operations of the Bridge and Bridge properties; coordinates efforts to repair and maintain same through other City departments and outside sources;
  4. Directs and coordinates staff functions through regular meetings to outline objective to enhance the administration of the bridge operation;
  5. Assists Bridge Director in preparing agenda items for Bridge Board meetings and makes recommendations to Bridge Director on items that require board action;
  6. Assist to Prepare Fiscal Budget for department;
  7. Assist to Prepare Financial Statements for Bridge Board meetings; and
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

 The Assistant Director of Operations plans, directs, and coordinates the activities relating to the administrative work and fiscal reporting of the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge. Work is reviewed by the department head through observation, review, and management practices.   The Assistant Director of Operation’s work is performed under the general direction of the Bridge Director, and the Director of Operations.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED 
  1. Plans, organizes, evaluates and directs departmental policies, programs, financial operations and management controls;
  2. Maintains bankbooks on all accounts, listing deposit receipts and the bank balance at the end of each month;
  3. Reviews monthly and annual financial statements;
  4. Coordinates efforts to repair and maintain the Toll System software and hardware;
  5. Observe departmental attendance requirement;
  6. Analyzes procedures that the department uses as guidelines.       Plans and develops new procedures that assure and facilitate smoother work flow;
  7. Works closely with U.S. and Mexican government officials: Local, State, and Federal;
  8. Monitors legislation and reports to board on issues that relate to cross border trade; and
  9. Performs related work as required.
  10. Assistant customers by taking payments.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

 

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or related field. Three (3) years experience in bridge administration or a related field. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge – Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

Skills – using logic reasoning to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. Using mathematics to solve problems.

Abilities – Ability to plan and conduct meeting conferences. Ability to formulate and install methods, procedures, forms and records systems. Ability to prepare complex financial reports. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to exercise good judgment and perform a wide range of supervisory responsibilities. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. The Ability to travel in the USA and Mexico.

 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Fire Chief http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/03/fire-chief/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/08/03/fire-chief/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 22:17:32 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17078 Download Job Application | Notify me about New Job Postings

 


Job Title: Fire Chief
Category: Fire
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time
Annual Base Salary $75,000.00

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to develop, implement, coordinate and monitor job description for the position: Fire Chief. This position will manage, supervise, plan and coordinate the activities and operations of the Fire Department including Fire Prevention, Suppression, Risk Management/Training, and Fire Communications and will coordinate activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies and the general public; and provide highly complex and responsible assistance to the City Manager. Incumbents will assist the City Manager in performing administrative and technical matters of the Fire Department and city. Incumbent is responsible for work of considerable difficulty within the overall operation of the Fire Department. Incumbent may designate assignments to Assistant & Deputy Chiefs as needed for the operation of the day to day activities. The Fire Chief position requires considerable knowledge of Administrative, Training, Safety, Fire Prevention, Fitness, Maintenance and Suppression methods and techniques in making proper determinations on varied work problems encountered. Work may involve, but is not limited to the knowledge of all certifications, personnel performance, training performance and equipment of the Fire Department and any City requests. Furthermore, incumbents will oversee the physical fitness, physical assessment and wellbeing of all division personnel. Incumbent’s responsibility is to see that investigations of all incidents and accidents in the fire department are properly done. Incumbent will consult and receive advice and direction from the City Managers with respect to general policies, programs, plans and objectives for the Fire Department; however, he/she is expected to demonstrate initiative, exercise discretion and generally function independently of supervision with respect to technical procedures and practices. Incumbent shall acquire progressive knowledge of Local Government Code Chapter 143 as applicable to firefighters. Incumbent will be an exempt employee who will work forty (40) hours per week at a minimum, but may work hours outside the normal 8-5 workday.

Supervision

General Supervision is provided by City Manager

SCOPE:

The Fire Chief classification is an advanced level of management below the City Managers. This classification is distinguished from the Supervisory level in that incumbent in the management class that performs more difficult and complex tasks involving a thorough knowledge of the policies and procedures for their functional areas with a significant degree of independent judgment. Incumbents in this classification are assigned significant responsibility for carrying out Administrative and Supervisory duties, frequently of a complex, highly sensitive, and confidential nature in an assigned functional area.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DIVISIONS:

  1. The Mission and History of the Pharr Fire Department
  2. All Behaviors comply with the Code of Conduct and Rules of Behavior outlined in the General Policy Manual of the City of Pharr as well as the Code of Conduct outlined in the Pharr Fire Department Rules and Regulations Standard Operating Procedures.
  3. Provide timely, accurate and thorough Performance Reviews for supervised employees.
  4. Communicate effectively and respectfully with subordinates, peers, superiors, and the public.
  5. Identify Opportunities for improving work methods and procedures: develop, write and submit for City Manager approval Department Policies and Procedures: develop and implement new and revised department policies, procedures, and performance.
  6. Prepare and submit reports, memoranda and computer generated analysis detailing assigned Department performance.
  7. Attend Staff Meetings and Board Meetings as required by City Manager
  8. Participate in physical fitness training as required by management
  9. Serve on oral interview boards for the departments applicants.
  10. Working knowledge of Local Government Code Chapter 143.
  11. And any other duties that may be necessary or required

JOB DUTIES

  1. Plans, directs, coordinates and supervises all divisions within fire department during emergency and non-emergency situations on a city-wide, other cities, or rural area basis.
  2. Responsible for suppression personnel, fire department facilities, apparatus, equipment and tools and to utilize enforcement of policies and procedures.
  3. Ensure that all training is being conducted and that all suppression personnel are participating in scheduled training activities.
  4. Responsible for assuring readiness and knowledge of assigned personnel and equipment to respond to emergency situations on a city-wide basis.
  5. Responsible for the physical fitness training to be conducted by all classified personnel.
  6. Is responsible for reviewing and investigating all incidents involving any apparatuses and equipment within the Fire Department.
  7. Responsible for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of all fire department equipment and apparatus.
  8. Incumbent will be responsible for tracking all repairs of units and equipment and generating a report for statistical and replacement purposes.
  9. Incumbent will be responsible for compliance with current NFPA standards and current ISO requirements as they relate to equipment and apparatus.
  10. Incumbent will be responsible for development, maintenance and implementation of a comprehensive program of equipment and apparatus replacement and repairs.
  11. Maintains personal job competency through training sessions and personal study periods.
  12. Issues orders for improvement of work methods and for enforcing rules and regulations.
  13. Keeps informed as to personnel, equipment and operations of the Fire Department. Analyzes and traces actions on such information in order to improve the overall operations of the suppression division.
  14. Performs research for the Fire Department & City Management.
  15. In a declared disaster, the emergency plan assignments to the department by Emergency Management policies and City Manager must be adhered to.
  16. Utilize and enforce existing Policies & Procedures, directives, and make recommendations in modifications thru channels for approval by City Manager.
  17. Manage and participate in the development and administration of the fire department budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and recommend approval of expenditures; direct and implement adjustments as necessary.
  18. And any other duties that may be necessary or required.

ASSIGNED TO THE FIRE ADMINISTRATION DIVISION

JOB FUNCTIONS                                                         % FOR ONE

                                                                                    8-HOUR WORK DAY

Administrative Management/Work——————— 45%

Supervision Management/Work————————- 29%

Emergency Response/Work——————————- 13%

Physical Training———————————————-   9%

Social/Break—————————————————   4%

Special Note: Percentages may change due to the emergency responses, time of year, work load and special projects.

JOB DUTIES

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Plans, coordinates, supervise and evaluates Fire and first responder operations.
  2. Advises on and establishes policies and procedures for Fire and first responders.
  3. Plans and implements Fire and EMS programs for the city in order to better carry out policies and goals including those set forth in the various municipal Codes, Ordinances, and the State Fire Code.
  4. Reviews Departmental performance and effectiveness.
  5. Reviews and recommends the implementation of new and innovative technology.
  6. Formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
  7. Supervises and coordinates the preparation, presentation, and spending of an Annual Budget for the Fire Department.
  8. Plans for and reviews specifications for new or replacement equipment.
  9. Responds to alarms, administers initial emergency (care or response and or service) when necessary and directs activities at the scene of emergencies as required.
  10. Responsible for the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforces local fire prevention ordinances as well as the State Fire Code.
  11. Controls the expenditure of departmental appropriations.
  12. Train personnel in all aspects of the job.
  13. Maintains Departmental discipline and the conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
  14. Prepares and submits monthly reports to the city manager regarding the Department’s activities and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate including the annual report of activities.
  15. Plans Departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel and further supervises the implementation of such plans in accordance with established policies.
  16. Assigns personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as the service requires.
  17. Evaluates the need for and recommends the purchase of new equipment and supplies.
  18. Meets with city manager, elected or appointed officials, other Fire/EMS officials, community and business representatives and the public on all aspects of the Department’s activities.
  19. Works with the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Building Officials on local projects and development proposals before the City. Researches and presents to the city manager possible grant opportunities as they become available to offset costs to the taxpayer(s) and improve departmental operations.
  20. Implement comprehensive fire prevention program, including assigning work activities, monitoring work flow, implementing policies, and procedures, evaluating, work products, and coordinating activities with other departments and divisions in the City.
  21. Make decisions relating to fire code development, interpretation & enforcement.
  22. Review and assist other personnel in reviewing building plans for compliance with the City of Pharr adopted fire code and ordinances.
  23. Investigate complaints and answer questions related to fire hazards and regulations.
  24. Track and process Open Records request for prevention staff or as requested by superior officers.
  25. Coordinate the training of subordinates as necessary to promote professional development and efficiency.
  26. Manage and participate in the development and administration of the fire prevention division budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; direct the monitoring of and recommend approval of expenditures; direct and implement adjustments as necessary.
  27. Monitor, coach and coordinate the activities of assigned fire prevention personnel and fire investigators.
  28. Manage and maintain the Fire Department Knox Key program.
  29. Coordinate pre-incident planning activities and hydrant inspection program with the Deputy Chiefs and submit to Assistant Chief for review.
  30. Attend Commission Meetings in regards to C-U-Ps and C.O.’s or as requested by superior officers.
  31. In the absence of the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, may assume responsibility for all activities of the department when assigned to do so.
  32. Indirectly supervise fire personnel assigned to fire prevention activities.
  33. And any other duties that may be necessary or required

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Use departmental computer equipment and programs to input, review and access records, information and other various data.

 

Special Requirements:

  1. Must possess the ability to lead and motivate on-call personnel and career personnel, recognizing their difference and the management styles
  2. Expected to be available and/or reachable twenty-four hours per day, 365 days per year, with the exception of scheduled leaves of absence and/or scheduled vacation time.
  1. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State Driver’s License (TX Class-B) without record of suspension or revocation in any state.
  2. Ability to read and write the English language, proficiently.
  3. Must have computer skills.
  4. An ability to meet department physical demands.
  5. Must be eligible for appointment as head of the department under Texas Commission on Fire Protection rules and Texas Local Government Code Chapter 143 requirements.

Equipment Used:

  • Radio and personal computer.
  • Word, Excel, Firehouse, Incode and other specialized software utilized by the Fire Department.

3       Acquire and maintain specialized training/certifications as required.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

  1. Ability to:
  • Direct and supervise
  • Relate complex problems both oral and in written form
  • Work independently and exercise discretion with regards to decision making
  • Formulate, implement and validate policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Analyze problems and formulate solutions under stress and in a timely manner
  • Quickly gain knowledge and skills without direct supervision
  • Work under stress and use good judgment in emergency situations
  • Tactfully respond to requests and inquiries from the general public
  • Identify and respond to issues, concerns and needs of the public
  • Develop, implement and maintain an action plan at an emergency scene
  • Identify safety hazards
  • Establish perimeters at an incident scene
  • Analyze emergency scene conditions and activate the local emergency plan as needed
  • Implementation of the National Incident Management System and to serve in command, command staff and general staff positions within the NIMS
  • Supervise and account for assigned personnel under emergency conditions
  • Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations
  • Identify construction, alarm, detection and suppression features that contribute to or prevent the spread of fire, heat and smoke
  • Make appropriate budget requests, prepare a complex budget and submit for approval or recommendation by the Fire Chief
  • Able to read maps and convey information
  • Oversee and assist in resolving a variety of situations, characterized by conflict or danger.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternate solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Develop a plan to accomplish change in the organization, develop written policies and/or procedures supporting the plan and implement in a positive manner.
  • Compose and/or revise policies, as needed; recommend changes to existing department policies and/or implement a new department policy at the of the division level; ensure that new or changed policies are communicated and understood by members
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of assigned personnel
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City and other government officials, community groups, the general public and media representatives
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Prepare clear and concise reports
  • Work irregular hours including weekends, holidays and extended hours in emergency, disaster or other situations influenced by workload or staffing needs and difficulties
  • Pass a medical examination and all other examinations and tests as required

Knowledge of:

  1. Ability to effectively give and receive verbal and written instructions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public.
  2. Knowledge of all aspects of emergency management and hazard mitigation methods.
  3. Ability to meet the following special requirements:
  • Policies and procedures of the City of Pharr Fire Department
  • Abide by Policies and Procedures of the City of Pharr
  • The history and mission of the Pharr Fire Department
  • Principles of employee coaching, supervision and training. Community demographics.
  • Operation, maintenance and uses of modern firefighting apparatus and equipment
  • Required National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive fire suppression, prevention and emergency medical services programs
  • Technical and administrative aspects of fire suppression, prevention and emergency medical services
  • The necessary supplies and equipment needed or ongoing projects and repairs
  • First responder procedures
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations
  • Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and related software and equipment
  • The geography of the City and surrounding area
  • Specialized communications equipment
  • Various building construction techniques and the consequence of each type on fire suppression and prevention activities
  • Safe work practices and procedures
  • Approved procedures and policies for hazardous or toxic materials storage, transport and cleanup
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Basic statistical and analytical methodologies
  • Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Bookkeeping practices and procedures
  • Business letter writing and report preparation

Peripheral Duties:

  1. Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.
  2. Represents the Pharr Fire – Rescue Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.
  3. Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills associated obligations.
  4. Serves as a member of various employee committees.

 

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

  1. Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in fire science, or a closely related field, and
  1. Ten (10) years of experience in a fully paid Fire and/or first responder work and five (5) as second in command or seven (7) years as a line officer supervisory capacity.
  2. Must hold a minimum of an intermediate certification thru TCFP and maintain a TX Class-B driver’s license.
  1. Meet criteria in the latest edition of Texas Firemen’s & Police Officers Civil Service Law (Chapter 143 local government code)
  2. Must have a valid insurance policy

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression, prevention, fire communications, principles, procedures, techniques and
  2. Thorough knowledge of emergency techniques and their application as demonstrated through ECA Certification.
  3. Considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, standards, and
    1. Skill in the operation of fire and EMS tools and equipment.
    2. Ability to train, supervise and lead subordinate personnel.
      1. Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition.
    3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
      1. Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.

 

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES:

  1. This classification shall require a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Intermediate or better certification.
  2. Texas Driver’s License

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

The Fire Chief shall possess the following:

  1. Ability to work independently and exercise discretion with regards to decision making.
  2. Ability to formulate, implement and validate policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  3. Ability to analyze problems and formulate solutions under stress and in a timely manner.
  4. Ability to construct spreadsheets and spreadsheet formulas and create workable programs.
  5. Ability to quickly gain knowledge and skills without direct supervision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  1. Work is performed primarily in office, vehicles and outdoor settings in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes during day and night Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.
  2. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  3. The fire chief works on a daily basis in an office environment but may also work outside which may have noise slightly higher and sites at times may be at dangerous and toxic levels that may be harmful to one’s health if proper protection is not utilized.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  1. Please see attached physical requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

Selection Guidelines

Cover letter and resume, review of education and experience, appropriate testing, oral interviews, background check, drug screening, final selection and pre-employment medical examination and consideration of proximity to the Fire Station, response time or residency are all required integral parts of the selection process. Please be aware that appointees will be subject to a twelve-month probationary period.

Compensation

Wages will be commensurate with experience. The proposed salary range will be discussed.

 

 

***The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) the City of Pharr will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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Building Official http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/07/23/building-official/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/07/23/building-official/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:10:14 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17041 Download Job Application | Notify me about New Job Postings


Job Title: Building Official
Category: Development Services
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time
 FLSA Classification   Non-Exempt

Job Summary : Working with builders, construction contractors, the general public, and city departments; monitors, implements, and enforces all rules and ordinances related to building codes and to any other or safety matters under the jurisdiction of the City of Pharr with integrity and professionalism. Typical Duties :

  1. Work cohesively and maintain positive relationships with all City staff;
  2. Utilize constructive problem solving in the resolution of situations and complaints;
  3. Administration of the permitting process for commercial and residential construction projects;
  4. Monitoring and issuing of city building permits;
  5. Inspect and approve construction of buildings;
  6. Interpret codes and methods, resolves interpretation issues pertaining to the adopted Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Energy, Fire and Mechanical Codes;
  7. Review site and building plans and specifications of any complexity and compare them with construction in progress, perform building inspections, and conduct site visits to ensure compliance;
  8. Detect hazards and violations, then detail what the Code requires during field inspection work (example: evaluate potential substandard structures);
  9. Enforce regulations in field inspection and office work;
  10. Oversees re-inspections or final inspection for issuance of certificate of occupancy;
  11. Advise Department Director/Asst. Director and other supervisors in the necessity, preparation, and presentation of city ordinances related to building codes;
  12. Prepare reports and represents staff to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Building and Standards Commission and Board of Adjustments; and
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications :

High School Diploma or GED. Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Science, Construction Administration, Engineering, Electrical, Architecture, Building Construction, or related field from an accredited college or university preferred.

Must possess be a Texas State licensed Plumbing Inspector and a minimum of five (5) years’ related experience in residential and commercial inspection, plan review and/or construction experience.

Must possess a minimum three years’ supervisory experience.

Extensive Knowledge of: International Building Code, International Residential Code, Plumbing Code, Fire Code, Energy Conservation Code, and National Electric Code and the applicability of said codes to individual projects is required. Must possess considerable knowledge of current building construction methods, materials, tools, and equipment.
Must be able to read, review, and accurately interpret building plans and specifications of any complexity, and to compare them with construction in progress.

Must possess or be able to obtain two of the following five certifications and the ability to earn the balance within 12 months of employment: International Code Council (ICC), Certified Building Official (CBO)

ICC Building Inspector Certificate

ICC Plans Examiner Certificate

ICC Electrical Inspector Certificate

ICC Mechanical Inspector Certificate

A valid Texas driver’s license and acceptable driving record are required.

Must be able to communicate well, both orally (English and Spanish) and in writing, and have the ability to type and write clear and concise reports, memos, and other correspondence.

Must be able to make reasonable judgments based upon knowledge of applicable laws and ordinances.

Must have computer experience and the ability to learn and utilize new software applications as necessary.

Work Environment : This position primarily involves working in an office environment, but some filed work is required. Will be working around heavy construction equipment. May be exposed to odors and fumes while working with chemicals. Will be exposed to adverse/inclement weather conditions while working outside. May work variable hours and or weekends. This position entails some exposure to heights; mechanical, electrical, and chemical hazards; fumes; odors, dust; mites; and toxic waste hazards.

Physical Condition : Must be able to bend, climb and squat to perform duties. Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Must have dexterity with fingers and hands to operate hand tools and small equipment. Must be able to work in confined spaces. Must be able to smell odors and fumes. Maintain physical condition necessary for walking and standing for prolonged periods of time. Hearing and vision must be satisfactory to the degree that duties may be performed effectively and safely.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills and physical demands required.

If accommodation is required to perform the essential duties and functions of this position listed above, please list the necessary accommodation when applying.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Open Until Filled
 

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Economic Development Corporation Director http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/07/17/17029/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/07/17/17029/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:34:15 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=17029 Download Job Application | Notify me about New Job Postings


Job Title: Economic Development Corporation Director
Category: Economic Development
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time – Exempt
 

General Statement of Duties

Performs a variety of administrative, technical, professional and legislative work in preparation and implementation of economic and community development plans, programs, and services. Work is reviewed by the City Manager and the Economic Development Corporation through observation, review and management practices. This employee shall attend all City of Pharr Council and Economic Development Corporation Board meetings.

The Executive Director’s duties include the following:

  1. Develops and administers a comprehensive economic development strategy for the City of Pharr.
  2. Assists with the negotiation, preparation and processing of documents and implementation of such documents as depositions and development agreements, owner participation agreements, contracts, resolutions, and requests for proposals/qualifications.
  3. Directs the development of departmental policies and regulations to facilitate increased efficiency; coordinates departmental activities with other departments of the city government.
  4. Develops and maintains supportive relationships with other local, regional and state economic development organizations, existing City businesses, real estate networks and legislative bodies for business attraction, creation, expansion and retention activities.
  5. Develops and administers a comprehensive outreach program to support to prioritize new and expanding businesses.
  6. Manages the marketing efforts of the City to include developing and implementing promotional and marketing programs and materials.
  7. Reviews and evaluates economic development proposals for feasibility and funding consideration.
  8. Establishes and maintains a database of existing City businesses and vacant commercial property.
  9. Researches sources of possible federal and state funding affecting local goals and objectives.
  10. Prepares reports, communicates effectively, drafts policies/procedures, and makes presentations as needed before key stakeholders.
  11. Working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, planning programs and processes.
  12. Prepares and maintains electronic database on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services and financing tools.
  13. Assists with the business and legislative development of the Pharr International Bridge.

Legislative Affairs Duties:

Through coordination with City departments, the Executive Director performs several legislative affairs functions including:

  • The review of federal and state legislation to determine the impact to the City of Pharr, Economic Development Corporation and Pharr International Bridge
  • The enactment of federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives that benefit the City of Pharr, Economic Development Corporation and Pharr International Bridge
  • The identification of legislation which would negatively impact the City of Pharr, Economic Development Corporation and Pharr International Bridge
  • Involving Pharr’s legislative and congressional delegations on issues impacting the City of Pharr, Economic Development Corporation and Pharr International Bridge
  • Managing the City’s federal and state consultants

Legislative affairs is also responsible for identifying and implementing agreements with other public agencies and political organizations in order to provide increased efficiency and service to the citizens of Pharr.

To accomplish this task, legislative affairs will:

  • Analyze all current Interlocal agreements in an effort to determine their fiscal impact
  • Assess potential Interlocal agreements with other government entities
  • Negotiate fair and equitable agreements in a professional and timely manner
  • Strengthen communication and working relationships with area political and corporate entities

 

 

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

The Executive Director is highly responsible for administrative, managerial and development work in economic development and legislative affairs. This employee assists the City Manager and Economic Development Corporation as a principal advisor in the conduct of city operations and economic development corporation according to the provisions of the City Charter and Code of Ordinances.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Considerable administrative experience in municipal government and corporate America involving a wide range of complex functions.

Ten (10) years’ experience in community development or redevelopment activities in the private sector.

The ideal candidate will have a rich network of peers and colleagues and a proven record of forming and sustaining collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders. They will possess the following attributes and have a record of success in the following:

  1. Comprehensive understanding of the operation of local and state government as applies to economic development plus sophisticated skills in finance, marketing, communications and problem solving;
  2. Comprehensive understanding of principles and practices of economic development and ability to accurately evaluate and effectively communicate complex economic development projects/programs;
  3. Innovation and creativity in building strong relationships with local, state and federal elected officials, City staff, neighborhoods, development community and regional agencies.

KNOWKEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public and private administration and management. Considerable knowledge of law and administrative policies governing municipal and business activities and operations. Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the responsibilities of subordinates. Ability to prepare accurate analyses, reports and recommendations on a variety of subjects. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with departments and ability to interact effectively with the public. Ability to obtain professional certification as a Certified Economic Developer. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. There will be significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require normal safety precautions. Use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals are minimally required.

 

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) the City of Pharr will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

 

 

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Pharr EDC Elects Officers http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/06/01/pharr-edc-elects-officers/ http://pharr-tx.gov/2015/06/01/pharr-edc-elects-officers/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:17:29 +0000 http://pharr-tx.gov/?p=16799 The Pharr Economic Development Corporation, in its regular meeting Monday, June 1st, elected board officers; and presented contract terms to Fred Sandoval for a position as the corporation’s Executive Director.

Board members elected to serve in official positions are:

Mayor, Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez – President

Dr. Ramiro Caballero – Vice President

Commissioner Edmund Maldonado – Secretary

Mr. Danny Smith – Treasurer

Following the meeting, Mayor Hernandez stated the importance of the Pharr Economic Development Board and the Pharr City Commission working together.

“We are moving forward together,” the Mayor said, “to do what is in the best interest of our city. And that is deciding what needs to be done and working with the City Commission to make Pharr the best it can be.”

 

AUTH: Gary Rodriguez, PIO

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