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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 10:30 pm

Helen Ramirez will serve as the City of Brownsville's deputy city manager following her appointment by City Manager Noel Bernal. Bernal made the announcement Friday.

Ramirez will fill the position that had been held by Pete Gonzalez who retired in December after serving the city for nearly 40 years. She will start her position on March 4.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Ramirez to our city management team," Bernal said in a press release. "She has the specialized knowledge and expertise in growth management and development-related strategies to help guide Brownsville into the future and leadership skills to build our organizational culture."

According to the press release, Ramirez has over 20 years of municipal planning experience which includes 10 years in the private sector. She managed complex and high-profile economic development projects both in the United States and internationally such as the Los Angeles Air Force Base $115 million New Space and Missile Command Center Redevelopment project.

Ramirez currently serves as the assistant city manager in Hutto, Texas in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area where she lead the Co-op District redevelopment in Downtown, updates to the land use and drainage master plans, a public private industrial park development, and strategic growth corridors.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve the City of Brownsville and form part of an executive team that will lead a community that is not only rich in history, culture and natural resources, but that is experiencing momentum in its strategy towards planning its future land use, transportation and economic development growth patterns,"Ramirez stated.

Ramirez is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International City/County Management Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, serves as a board member for the Williamson County Animal Shelter and is on the Technical Advisory Committee for Cap Metro's Connect Project. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California and is an American Institute of Certified Planner professional.

Michael Lopez and Arturo Rodriguez will continue to serve as assistant city managers.

lmartinez@brownsvilleherald.com

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