Greetings to our City of Pharr residents, businesses, visitors, and community!
Welcome to the City Manager’s office. On behalf of the dedicated men and women at the City of Pharr, I want to welcome you to our incredible city. Our committed leaders, supportive staff and progressive ideas are leading the city toward a successful and prosperous future. We are dedicated to providing you with the transparency, respect and the highest quality government services that our citizens deserve.
The City Manager’s office is responsible for implementing the Pharr City Commission’s policy decisions and initiatives, providing leadership and guidance to department heads and other staff, as well as working with both the City Commission and staff to develop action plans and programs to support the City’s mission, values, and priorities with the overall goal of improving our citizen’s quality of life.
The City of Pharr prides itself on continuing to invest in our community through the development and expansion of our parks, roads, services, infrastructure, and economic development. We have expanded educational, recreational, and entertainment opportunities for our citizens and remain focused on “building a better future” for our future generations.
Pharr is a city dedicated to the progress and success of our community and we are available to assist you should you have any questions or need assistance in navigating our city government. Stay connected with us by following us on Facebook @CityofPharr!
Pharr is the only city in the region that has physically given residents their money back. Taking care of you is not only improving your fiscal situation, but also your quality of life. There have been many improvements to the quality of life for you and your family in a very short period of time. Some of them are:
- Partnered with P-SJ-A ISD to double the park acreage in the city
- Partnered with Vanguard Academy to build a Nature & Birding center
- Repaired and repaved all of the city’s roads that were in need
- Upgrading the Civic Center after serving Pharr for over 40 years
- Completed the first north-side park, a 5-acre special needs park
- Built the Development and Research Center, considered by some to be the South Pharr Library,
- Designated the first bike-route in Pharr,
- Implemented an After-School program at every participating school district in Pharr
- Building a new fire station for the first time in 20 years, servicing the industrial area and the Pharr International Bridge, and
- Building a Police Substation in the northern part of Pharr
Working together as a team, Pharr employees provided leadership in improving the City of Pharr. This leadership has culminated in many awards and designations, which only serve to recognize Pharr as a great place to live, work, and play. Pharr has been recognized and/or designated by several third parties for our leadership and responsible fiscal management. Some of them are as follows:
- Playful City USA
- Tree City USA
- Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Leadership Circle
- Scenic City
- Registrar’s Exemplary 5-Star Award
- Mother-Friendly worksite
- Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
- Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
- A+ S&P rating
- Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliate
- Texas Comptroller Transparency Star, and
- All-America City
It is the mission of the City of Pharr to provide effective and fiscally responsible municipal services in a manner that promotes a higher standard of living for the community and a better quality of life.
Providing a high quality of life for you and your family is the core of our mission, to continually improve this city. We want you to move forward with us, to continue to have pride and confidence in your city. With the new Fiscal Year’s priorities, we can allow for the current and next generation of residents to benefit from the hard work of our employees and the leadership of our Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez and the City Commissioners.
Dr. Jonathan B. Flores, Interim City Manager
Jonathan B. Flores Ed.D., a native of Pharr, Texas is a municipal government professional with over twenty-two years of diverse law enforcement experience. Since 2005, he has worked in various roles and assignments, such as patrol, criminal investigations, major crimes, and as Assistant City Manager/Chief of Police for the City of Alton.
“I am truly humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve my hometown of Pharr as their new Assistant City Manager,” said Flores. “I am grateful to Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, and the city commission for selecting me to join their leadership team, as we work diligently to continue to move Pharr forward,” he added.
Dr. Flores is a graduate of the 90th session of LEMIT’s Leadership command college and has garnered recognition for his leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels including the International Association of Chiefs of Police 40 under 40 leadership award, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Public Service Award, and the Texas Police Chief’s Association Leadership Award.
In 2023, Dr. Flores was inducted into the National Law Enforcement Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Flores is a TML Leadership Fellow and is currently in the process of earning credentialed manager candidate status through the International City Manager’s Association.
Dr. Flores is married to his high school sweetheart Rachel, and they have two wonderful children Michael & Dominique, and one Granddaughter Layla.
Dr. David D. Friedlein, Assistant City Manager
Dr. David D. Friedlein is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He is a public service professional with 20 years of diverse law enforcement experience. Since 2004, he has served in various roles, including patrol, community-oriented policing, criminal investigations, public integrity, and financial services.
“It is an honor to serve the City of Pharr as their new Assistant City Manager,” said Friedlein. “I am excited to work with Dr. Flores and Pharr’s leadership team as we continue to make a positive impact in the lives of the citizens of Pharr,” he added.
Dr. Friedlein is a graduate of the 277th Session of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the FBINA Association. In 2023, he was selected to serve as a member of the FBINAA – Texas Chapter – Finance Audit Committee. He has been married to the love of his life Stephanie for 25 years, and they have four wonderful children Tyler, Shayli, Macy, and Cayden.
Hilda Pedraza, Assistant City Manager / City Clerk
Hilda Pedraza has more than 22 years of experience in public administration. She began her career in the City of Pharr in October of 2000. She has served as City Clerk for the City of Pharr since 2009 and was first promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2019. As City Clerk, Pedraza serves as the city election administrator, deputy registrar for the Vital Statistics Division, and Records Management Officer for the city. In her role as Assistant City Manager, Pedraza provides direct oversight of programs and operations and works with the City Manager to accomplish the city commission’s vision and strategies. In addition, she also coordinates and develops department budgets, policies, and procedures, and determines appropriate personnel actions to include Fire and Police Civil Service rules and regulations.
“I am honored to continue to work with such a dynamic team of leaders for the betterment of the City of Pharr and to work closely with our city staff, administration, and the community to provide the highest quality services to our constituents,” Pedraza said. “I look forward to working alongside Dr. Flores and Dr. Friedlein, two visionary leaders who are committed to Pharr’s future,” she added.
Pedraza earned her Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Public Administration and currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management from South Texas College. She became a Certified Municipal Clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2018 and is Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified. She is a member of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley City Secretaries Association.