The Board of Commissioners of the City of Pharr met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 15, 2024, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights:

Pharr Proclaims April 14-20 as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week”

Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and the Pharr City Commission approved a proclamation declaring April 14-20, 2024 as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in Pharr. The city recognizes that public safety telecommunicators are on the front lines, communicating and coordinating public safety services in the face of critical needs. The week recognizes dispatchers, 9-1-1 operators, and crisis communications specialists for the outstanding work they provide in service to our communities, all while remaining poised during stressful situations, reassuring callers, and establishing swift responses to all emergencies. The proclamation was accepted by Kenneth Ennis, Pharr Director of Public Safety Communications, members of his staff, and Maya, the department’s emotional support dog. “We thank you for this proclamation which recognizes the great work our staff does daily,” said Ennis. He continued, “Not only are we the silent heroes, but the invisible heroes who are behind the scenes providing critical support to all emergencies.” He also announced that staff is being celebrated with a themed week in honor of their hard work. The City of Pharr encourages all citizens to learn more about the impactful role these dedicated professionals play in our lives and to extend their appreciation to public safety telecommunications. Thank you to all our City of Pharr Public Safety Telecommunicators for all that you do! 

Pharr Declares April 14-20 as “National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week”

Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and the Pharr City Commission approved a proclamation declaring April 14-20, 2024 as “National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week” in Pharr. The National Animal Care and Control Association has designated the second week of April each year as “National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week” to recognize the work of Animal Control Officers who are dedicated to helping pets and people in the community. The City of Pharr recognizes that Animal Control Officers put themselves in potentially dangerous situations by protecting people from dangerous animals and seek justice in cases of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals by conducting humane investigations and protecting the welfare of helpless animals and pets from injury, disease, and starvation. City of Pharr Animal Control officers accepted the proclamation. “We want to thank our Animal Control staff for everything they do for our community and their hard work and their efforts,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Flores, City Manager. The City of Pharr honors Animal Control Officers for the many dedicated and long hours of service they perform and encourages all citizens to join us in expressing their sincere appreciation for their service and dedication throughout this special week. 

Pharr IT Department Recognized for Earning the 2024 Texas Association of Government IT Managers Excellence Award for the TeamPharr.Net Project

Pharr IT Director Jose Peña announced to the city commission that the Pharr IT Department has earned the prestigious 2024 Excellence Award from the Texas Association of Government IT Managers (TAGITM). The TAGITM Excellence Awards are an annual highlight, presented during the association’s education conference. Recognizing standouts in innovation, nominations for the award are made by members of the TAGITM themselves, illustrating the esteem in which the Unify Project is held among industry professionals. Mr. Peña was joined by members of his staff including Rogelio Martinez, Assistant Director, to announce the award. “Our team has done an exceptional job innovating, implementing, and providing high-quality service as we continue to expand our TeamPharr.Net internet services throughout the city,” said Peña. He added, “This Excellence Award is something we are extremely proud to have earned and is among the most recent accolades our department has been acknowledged with.” The City of Pharr has been recognized at the local, state, and national levels for its innovative approach to closing the digital divide through its high-speed fiber optic network, TeamPharr.Net. “You should be very proud of yourselves for this accomplishment and for the recognition your department has received for this high-quality project implementation and customer service,” stated Mayor Hernandez. “We are so proud of your team and especially to see this project’s success and its impact on our community,” he continued. “Congratulations, and keep up the great work!” The city is currently connecting around 500 homes a month with plans to continue to Phase 2 which will work towards connecting Pharr businesses.

Featured Events:

She’s My Hero – Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 8 am to 4 pm

Pharr Warrior Race – Sunday, May 4, 2024, at 7 am

Night Under the Stars: Mother’s Day – Friday, May 10, 2024, at 7:30 pm

Sneaker Phest – Saturday, May 25, 2024, from 11 am to 7 pm