2017-10-11 / News

City commissioner fondly remembered

By ALLEN ESSEX

Raymondville city leaders agreed to hold a special meeting on Monday to schedule a special election to replace Commissioner Eziquiel Cavazos, who died early Tuesday.

City officials only have 120 days to elect a replacement for the longtime commissioner, Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said after Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

Cavazos was highly respected in the community, the mayor said.

“He’s going to be sorely missed by the public. I think the fact that he was re-elected so many times, that he served so long, is a testament to the respect that he had from everyone. He did a good job.”

City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia and his staff will have to research the requirements to hold a special election so the city commissioners can schedule it, Gonzales said.

Commissioners heard a presentation by Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora to transfer a police officer to a new Victims of Crime Assistance and to hire another police officer to fill the vacancy. The program will designate an officer to work with families of crime victims all the way through the legal process, the chief said.

The chief was also authorized to help field test a selfpowered surveillance device with SKY IIT Solutions Inc. at no cost to the city.

In other business, commissioners renewed a lease. Also approved was purchase of a pickup truck for the Public Works Department and to spend $500 on supplies for the annual Safe Haven program.

After a closed session discussion, employee Christopher Perez was dismissed from the water distribution department for violating the city personnel policy.

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