San Benito Chamber to host coffee with new city manager

SAN BENITO — This morning, the community will be able to have coffee with newly-hired City Manager Manuel De La Rosa and learn more about the man poised to run the city.

The San Benito Chamber of Commerce will host Coffee with the City Manager today starting at 9: 30 a.m. at the Chamber office, 223 S. Sam Houston Blvd.

According to his LinkedIn profile, De La Rosa has more than 25 years of experience in city government, mainly centering on the Austin area.

It’s all about connecting public officials with the community, said Chamber President Lionel Betancourt.

“The Chamber’s role in this town is to create transparency among all of us,” Betancourt said. “This is something we can build on.”

Next Wednesday, same time and place, the chamber has invited San Benito school district Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega for coffee.

Last week, guests received an inside look into the San Benito Police Department when Police Chief Martin Morales stopped by for pastries and coffee.

During the morning coffee session, he provided guests a short rundown of his department and the main functions.

He also took questions and concerns from the guests.

“Serious topics to be presented will (hopefully) deal with other issues involving progress in our town and ways to overcome some of the concerns and applaud the good things that happen here,” Betancourt said.

Additional “Coffee With” guests will be invited to continue this series of transparency in the community.