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2018-06-06 / Featured

Floresville public works director resigns

By Gregory Ripps
Wilson County News

Floresville Public Works Director Mark Velasquez updates Floresville City Council members on various public works projects at a Feb. 22 council meeting. WCN FILE PHOTO Floresville Public Works Director Mark Velasquez updates Floresville City Council members on various public works projects at a Feb. 22 council meeting. WCN FILE PHOTO Floresville will be looking for a new public works director following the June 1 resignation of Mark Velasquez from the position.

Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner confirmed the resignation, saying, “He decided to take an opportunity with the city of Hondo.”

Hondo offered him a $90,000 annual salary to serve in a similar position. June 1 was the last day for Velasquez to accept the offer.

The Floresville City Council held a special meeting May 29 to consider raising the public works director’s annual salary.

Floresville city Councilman Nick Nissen, who offered a motion to raise Velasquez’s annual salary to $80,000, thought it would entice him to stay.

“We wanted to be able to keep his talent working for Floresville,” Nissen told the Wilson County News after the meeting. “But we couldn’t afford to go that high,” he said, referring to Hondo’s offer.

Velasquez was hired as Floresville’s public works director soon after the council created the position in February 2017, as major water, wastewater, and street projects were getting underway.

“He’s accomplished more in the last year than anyone before,” Nissen said.

Councilman David Johns seconded Nissen’s motion to grant the raise, and council members Gerard Jimenez and Gloria Cantu voted for the motion, although Cantu expressed a concern about setting a precedent for other city employees to make special requests for raises.

Councilman Juan Ortiz voted against the raise, on the grounds that it is outside the city’s budgeting process.

“It was all for nothing,” Nissen said about the council vote after Velasquez resigned.

Turner said Velasquez has turned in his equipment. He did not have a contract with the city.

gripps@wcn-online.com

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