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July 10th, 2008
City manager to be formally sworn in with ceremony

From the city of San Marcos

City Manager Rick Menchaca will be officially sworn in as the 18th chief executive officer for the City of San Marcos at a public ceremony on Tuesday, July 15 at 4 p.m. at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception.

Menchaca joined the City of San Marcos on May 1 after a nationwide search resulted in his unanimous selection by the City Council.

“My family and I are honored to be in San Marcos . The Hill Country setting, located along the busiest, fastest growing corridor in the country, makes it an exciting opportunity,” he said.  “I look forward to the opportunity to prepare San Marcos for its future.”

The ceremony will include the posting of the colors by the Police-Fire Color Guard and the invocation by his father, Reverend Arnold Menchaca, pastor at the Jesus Loves You church mission in Del Rio .  Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Guerrero will serve as master of ceremonies.

Mayor Susan Narvaiz will administer the oath of office. Both the City Manager and Mayor will speak.

The former City Manager of Midland , Texas from 2000 to 2007, Menchaca held various executive posts in Midland since 1990, including Deputy and Assistant City Manager. He began his municipal career in Lubbock in 1988 where he served as a Budget Analyst.

Menchaca gained a national reputation as an innovative and creative leader who fosters a progressive and high performance environment. He is known for his strategic planning, building a strong and cohesive team, and bringing diverse groups together to solve complex problems.

He was appointed by Governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry to serve as a trustee for 13 years on the $15 billion Texas Municipal Retirement System, which oversees pension benefits for more than 830 cities and 125,000 municipal employees. He served as chair of the TMRS board twice during his tenure.

He is also past president of the West Texas City Managers Association and past president of the Urban Management Assistants of West Texas.

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