Inthe past month, the city of Dilley has selected a city administrator and a chief of police to replace the interims that held each position.
Political drama often defines the council and city administrator relationships in the state of Texas, and Dilley has been no exception. Since 2016, five people have filled the Dilley city administrator position, including interims.
Rewind seven years, and that city administrator faced the council for “incompetency, corruption, misconduct, or malfeasance” before she turned the tables by resigning with six city employees and taking the story to KSAT12.
The aughts were similarly tumultuous for Dilley city admins, but the new city of Dilley council hopes that legacy ends with their latest hire: Juan Estrada. Estrada fulfills two of the council’s wish list characteristics: an experienced grant-writer and someone who lives locally.
Dilley has a similar record of police chief turnover. Since 2008, at least six chiefs have served the city of Dilley, including interims. Well… 5 people, and 6 chief tenures. Lemme explain…
On June 25th, 2019 the city of Dilley hired Armando Romo, marking Romo’s second stint as Dilley police chief. Romo had previously served as chief until 2008 and while I’d really like tell that story- I’m gonna have to ask for consent from the parties involved, hoping that some day, we can all look back and laugh.
For now, Romo must feel a sense of vindication in his return to Dilley, departing the Sheriff’s Office to revamp the city police force’s approach, starting with a revival of communication with the public via Facebook: Dilley Police Department Facebook.
–written by Jose Asuncion. Jose is currently the Precinct 4 Frio County Commissioner.
When Dilley’s city council announced their intent to spend big on this year’s 4th of July event, no one knew quite what to expect. After all, Dilley hadn’t thrown a big festival in well over a decade, despite the town’s musical legacy.
The festival started to take shape after the hire of Bryan Ramirez and Ayla Garcia to organize the event. When the lineup was finally announced, it was clear this would be no ordinary Dilley festival. Los Tigrillos, Eliseo Robles, La Calma, Ricky Naranjo, and Los Palominos were just some of the acts that were advertised.
Turnout far exceeded expectations. Crowd size estimates peg the two day attendance at 10,000, with a much higher attendance on Saturday night. Masizzo showed up for an unannounced performance. A fireworks display lit up the sky. Mayor Mary Ann Obregon and council members Everardo Castillo Jr., Joe Garcia, Maria Alica Machado, Alexandria Martinez-Inocencio, and Joanne Rodriguez took the stage to thank the audience, some of whom reportedly traveled from as far as San Antonio and Laredo. A few local vendors reported selling out, all but ensuring the city will try to build on the festival next year.
Dilley City Council, in conjunction with the Frio County Precinct 4 Commissioner, will host a town hall at Dilley’s City Hall on Saturday June 22nd.
To express appreciation for the attendance of local residents, Dilley and Precinct 4 will provide free carne guisada plates.
To accommodate parents who want to attend, the city council and library director have agreed to open the library for a kids’ movie screening during the town hall.
The purpose of this town hall is to open a dialogue between local elected officials and residents, and will not be limited to a specific topic. Questions and comments will be driven by attendees. Unlike the “citizens to be heard” section of city council meetings, the elected officials will be able to engage in conversation as they field concerns from the audience.
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 Eating Starts: 11:30am Meeting Starts: 12:00pm Location: Dilley City Hall/Library
After over a decade of consistently re-electing incumbents, Dilley voted to replace first-term councilmen Sabino Mena Jr and Gilbert Villanueva Eguia, marking the third year in a row of turnover in Dilley’s council seats. The message is clear: Dilley voters do not have the patience they used to.
If there’s something you want from the council, don’t let them tell you to wait until after the election- there’s still plenty of time to see some action. Here are several pending issues taken up (or not) by the city council since the elections of Sabino Mena, Gilbert Eguia, and Mayor Mary Ann Obregon, whose seats will be open this year.
Participants in Dilley’s annual parade will be able to compete for first, second and third place trophies by entering floats, marching groups, or vehicles.
So far, the parade has attracted county-wide interest with the Dilley city council, the Pearsall Lady Mavericks Dance Team, and the St. Joseph Watermelon Queen expected to attend, among others.
To participate, request an information form from Dilley city hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , or firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline to return the form is Wednesday November 28th.
The parade will start at 6pm at the Dilley Middle School parking lot and end at the downtown city park.
Pre-judging will begin at the starting line at 5:30pm.