City manager now heading local EDC

SAN BENITO — After the abrupt dismissal of Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Salomon Torres, City Manager Manuel De La Rosa has assumed the duties as head of the EDC.

Following an executive session earlier this week, the City Commission voted for De La Rosa to assume the duties of EDC director and authorize him to hire an assistant to provide support, as needed.

Torres was dismissed from his position last Thursday.

The Cameron County District Attorney’s office confirmed this week that Torres is currently under investigation.

Neither Assistant City Manager Art Rodriguez or De la Rosa would comment on Torres’ dismissal citing it as a “personnel matter.”

Since Torres was a city employee, the city is in charge of finding a more permanent replacement.

However, De La Rosa said they have yet to make any moves regarding the hiring of a new EDC Director.

For now, De La Rosa will assume all duties and assignments of the position.

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