Natalia City Administrator resigns

Shakeups continue at the City of Natalia with the resignation of City Administrator Lisa Hernandez.

A Special meeting of the Natalia City Council was set for press night on Tuesday, June 30, to formally accept Hernandez’s resignation and discuss applicants and interviews for that position, as well as the job description and hiring process for a new chief of police.

Former Police Chief Glenn Barrow resigned on May 27. Hernandez’s last day is July 12.

Mayor Tommy Ortiz praised Hernandez’s tenure at the City, which saw the undertaking of a number of water and wastewater improvement projects, as well as work on revitalizing downtown.

“As far as I’m concerned, Lisa did a great job in Natalia,” Ortiz said. “I’m very pleased with what she’s done for us.”

The City has already begun advertising for its next City Administrator, and Ortiz said there have been 10 or 12 applicants so far.

“It’s a difficult job,” Ortiz said. “Anybody who comes through those doors has to understand that it’s a multi-focus job. You never have as much staff as you’d want in a small town, so instead of focusing on two or three projects at a time, you have to focus on three or four.”

Ortiz said the City would continue to function as usual until a new City Administrator is brought on board.

“It won’t be long until we decide,” Ortiz said. “The applicants we’ve received have very good credentials so far.”

By Marly Davis

Staff Writer

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