The Board of Commissioners of the City of Pharr met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights:

City Proclaims September 2022 as Deaf Awareness Month

Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and the Pharr City Commission approved a proclamation declaring September 2022 as Deaf Awareness Month in Pharr. Deaf Awareness Month increases public awareness by promoting equal access to information and services for Deaf individuals, educating the public about the types of educational programs, support services, and resources available, and continuing the work of advocating for the rights of Deaf people everywhere. The Pharr City Commission presented a proclamation to Marla Martinez who works with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center in Pharr. The center serves the deaf community in Hidalgo County by providing professional services, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting and classes, among other services. 

City Proclaims the 21st Anniversary of September 11, 2001

The Pharr City Commission approved a proclamation declaring September 11, 2022, as “Remembering and Honoring the 21st Anniversary of September 11th at Vanguard Academy” day. The City of Pharr and Vanguard Academy will join together to honor individuals and families who were directly affected by the September 11, 2001 tragedy as well as to honor and recognize local heroes who contributed to improving the quality of life for everyone here at home. Rey Perez, a history professor at Vanguard Academy, and members of the Student Council, LEO’s Club, and school administration accepted the proclamation.

City Commission Accepts Resignation of City Manager Andy Harvey

The Pharr City Commission accepted the resignation of Andy Harvey who served as both the City Manager and Chief of Police for the City of Pharr. Harvey will continue to serve the city in his position as Chief of Police. “It has been a privilege to be your city manager the last few months and I appreciate all the support,” said Chief Andy Harvey. “I thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to continuing my work at the Pharr Police Department as the Chief of Police,” added Harvey. “That is where my heart is and I am committed to continuing building upon the great work we have accomplished so far,” he added. “We thank you for your service Chief and for serving our community these past few months as City Manager,” said Mayor Hernandez. “You have excelled as our Police Chief and have made it a premier department and we look forward to your work and contributions to our Pharr community,” said Hernandez. 

City Commission Appoints Anali Alanis as Interim City Manager

The Pharr City Commission appointed Anali Alanis, who currently serves as the Pharr Assistant City Manager as the Interim City Manager.

Commission Approves Agreement with Workforce Solutions for the Texas Internship Initiative Program

The Pharr City Commission approved an agreement with Workforce Solutions for the Texas Internship Initiative Program. The City of Pharr IT Department will partner with Workforce Solutions to participate in the Texas Internship Initiative Program. This is a non-financial cooperative agreement. The grant is offered by Workforce Solution and places qualified Vanguard Academy High School students on paid internships with employers.

Featured Event: 16 de Septiembre Celebration – Friday, September 16, 2022, from 6 pm to 10 pm 

Reminder‼️September 16TH 🇲🇽 is right around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate!

Don’t forget to join us at Jones Box Park from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm to celebrate with live music, folkloric dancers, and much more!

Los esperamos este 16 de Septiembre para celebrar una noche de “Fiestas Patrias” un grito tradicional, comida muy mexicana y música en-vivo!

La celebración se llevará acabo el viernes 16 de Septiembre en el parque Jones Box en el Sur de Pharr de 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.