Alice Councilman Calls for Evaluation of City Manager

The job of Alice City Manager Ray De Los Santos, Jr., may be on the line now that one City Council member is calling him out.

Councilman Frank Hinojosa has asked the City Council to "consider the employment, appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of the city manager." That item has been placed on the City Council meeting agenda for this Thursday night.

On Tuesday, 3News tried to track down Hinojosa to ask him about the item he put on the agenda. He was at City Hall, but he had no comment on the situation, and evaded further questions.

Alice Mayor Pro Tem Michael Esparza said evaluations are usually done in August or September, so for Hinojosa to call for the city manager to be evaluated now is unusual, and is something he does not support.

"I think that sometimes there's differences of opinion between council members and management, or city manager, and I think those things need to be worked out outside of a review, and they can be," Esparza said. "I've had differences of opinion with our city manager. We've sat and talked those through, and we move forward in a professional manner. I think that's the way a situation like this should be handled."

"I can't speak to the intentions or motivations of any other person," De Los Santos, Jr., said. "What I can tell you is that, over the last several years, team Alice, being the mayor, the council, administration and everybody that works for the City of Alice, has a proven track record of success."

The city manager did not undergo an evaluation this August or September. The reason given was that there was a new council and new mayor. Hinojosa is one of the newcomers to the council.

Mayor Larry Martinez, also a newcomer, said he supports the job De Los Santos is doing and has offered to be a mediator to try and resolve any differences between the two. He does not believe having an evaluation is the proper way to do that.


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