Robstown residents react to government shakeup

Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 23:47:25-05

Residents in Robstown shared their thoughts with KRIS 6 News after striking changes took effect to the city's government on Thursday night.

Robstown City Council reshuffle a number of positions during executive session, leaving some long-time employees out of a job.

However longtime residents like Steve Castro said change is a good thing, as long as it's done right.

"I think change can always be good as long as their intentions are good," he said. "I think things will make everybody happy with some hard work and a little bit of effort."

Several city officials were given the pink slip. City manager Herman Rodriguez was let go. His position no longer exists.

The city also replaced Mayor Pro Tem Joey Rodriguez with city council member Mary Ann Saenz.

Meanwhile, Gabby Garcia was appointed as the interim city secretary. Jesus Jimenez, the city engineer, was replaced by Victor Gutierrez and Erasmo Flores, the Chief of Police, was replaced by Robstown officer Henrique Paredes.

The changes in town comes just months after residents voted in November on not having a city manager form of government. Gilbert Gomez, Robstown's Mayor, weighed in.

"They're (the changes are) made so that we can move the city in the direction that we feel the community wants us to go in," said Mayor Gomez.

Melody Garver, another longtime resident, believe the big political shakeup will help the city in the long run.

"Sometimes change is good," said Garver, the owner of MG's PIzza. "I'm just hoping that Robstown continues to grow and prosper."

"Yea I think some of the young people they have coming in, and maybe they have fresh ideas and make some fresh changes," said Castro.

The changes in City Hall are effective immediately.