88R20133 CJM-D
  By: Gamez H.R. No. 884
         WHEREAS, Helen Ramirez has been named city manager of
  Brownsville, providing a fitting opportunity to recognize her
  exceptional record of public service; and
         WHEREAS, Appointed city manager by the Brownsville City
  Commission, Mrs. Ramirez assumed office on January 9, 2023,
  becoming the first female city manager for the largest city in the
  Rio Grande Valley, after having served as interim city manager
  since July 2022; previously, she was Brownsville's deputy city
  manager as well as executive director and chief executive officer
  of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation; during her
  tenure with the city, she has played an instrumental role in
  accelerating growth, economic development, and redevelopment while
  helping to overhaul development codes and improve organizational
  culture; and
         WHEREAS, Before joining the City of Brownsville,
  Mrs. Ramirez gained valuable experience with the City of Hutto in
  Central Texas; after serving the city as director of development
  services in 2015 and 2016, she became executive director for
  business development, and in 2017, she was promoted to assistant
  city manager; earlier in her career, she worked for Los Angeles
  County and the cities of Hawthorne and La Habra in California;
  moreover, she was employed for a decade in the private sector with
  Prointec S.A./Indra Sistemas Group, an international information
  technology, engineering, and urban planning firm; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Ramirez is an American Institute of Certified
  Planners professional, and she belongs to the Texas City Management
  Association, the International City/County Management Association,
  and the American Planning Association, as well as the International
  Council of Shopping Centers; she holds a bachelor of science degree
  in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State
  University, San Luis Obispo; and
         WHEREAS, As a strong and dynamic leader, Mrs. Ramirez has
  been instrumental in launching Brownsville on a course to an even
  brighter and more economically sustainable future, and her
  expertise and commitment to excellence will serve her well in this
  challenging new role; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 88th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Helen Ramirez on her appointment as
  city manager of Brownsville and extend to her sincere best wishes
  for success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mrs. Ramirez as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.