County leader abruptly resigns

No details forthcoming concerning why

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County Administrator David A. Garcia resigned during an executive session yesterday morning where he faced termination or discipline.

Garcia participated during the public portion of yesterday’s Commissioners Court meeting.

When commissioners went into executive session, Garcia followed them in, but he did not follow them out.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. said he didn’t have anything to say about Garcia’s decision to resign.

“Sometimes you get to a point where it’s better for everyone to go separate ways,” Treviño said during brief comments after the meeting. “We wish David the best.”

Garcia’s resignation was effective immediately.

The County Commission spent three hours in executive session yesterday where they discussed numerous items, including Garcia’s employment.

That item read, “To deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: David Garcia — Cameron County Administrator, Pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074.”

That law concerns personnel matters where commissioners may have heard a complaint or charge against Garcia, according to the Texas Government Code.

Garcia did not return a phone call yesterday afternoon.

Precinct 3 Commissioner David A. Garza was not present at the meeting and did not vote to accept Garcia’s resignation.

Treviño, Precinct 1 Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides, Precinct 2 Commissioner Joey Lopez and Precinct 4 Commissioner Gus Ruiz all voted to accept Garcia’s resignation.

After the vote, Treviño asked County Attorney Juan Gonzalez to ask Garcia whether he wanted to make a public statement.

Gonzalez said Garcia declined.

However, shortly after Gonzalez said that, Garcia briefly exited the executive session room before going back behind closed doors.

Garcia took the job in 2015 after former County Administrator Pete Sepulveda Jr. was appointed to fill former Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos’ position when Cascos resigned to serve as Texas Secretary of State.