EDINBURG, RGV – Edinburg city leaders have chosen their successor to City Manager Ramiro Garza.

City Council members selected Richard M. Hinojosa, the city’s current directing of planning and zoning, as the new city manager by a unanimous vote. The decision was made during a special City Council Meeting held Tuesday at Edinburg City Hall.

“Richard is very well rounded as far as knowing how cities function. He has the qualifications to keep this well-oiled machine running forward smoothly,” said Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia.

Garcia pointed out that Hinojosa, an Edinburg native, has been with the City for a combined 16 years He has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and has 40-years of related experience, including serving as grants and contracts coordinator from 2007 to 2013. He was Edinburg’s bureau chief of planning and evaluation from 1981 to 1984 and city planner from 1975 to 1979.

Prior to his work as grants administrator, Hinojosa worked for the City of McAllen as director of planning and as an assistant city manager. He has also served as director of planning for the City of San Juan, city manager and director of community development and planning for the City of San Benito, and director of regional planning and deputy executive for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council.

Hinojosa graduated from Edinburg High School in 1971. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pan American University in 1977 and his Masters from Texas A&M University in 1981.

Ramiro Garcia announced he was leaving as city manager in September. His last day with the city will be December 17. Garcia has not said what he will do next but has said he will be staying in the Rio Grande Valley.