Two new city attorneys, who will work in-house for the city only, were hired Monday by the Mission City Council.
Abiel Flores was appointed City Attorney and Jaime Tijerina takes the position of Deputy City Attorney. City officials opted to create their own department after the resignation of David Guerra in March. Guerra had a contract with the city for nearly 30 years.
Flores is a native of Mission and graduated from Mission High School in 1998. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Texas in Austin, which he received in 2001. He received his law degree from the University of Texas in 2005.
Upon graduation, he worked for the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office for a year and a half before joining the firm of Garcia, Quintanilla and Palacios in McAllen, where he stayed for four and a half years. In 2012 Flores started his own firm, The Law Offices of Abiel Flores in 2012. He will be closing his office and coming to work for the city full time.
Flores is the son of Arturo and Margarita Flores. He is married and has two daughters and another due to arrive in a few weeks. His wife Sylvia is the daughter of the late Councilman Celestino Ramirez and former Councilwoman Maria Elena Ramirez.
Flores stated he was excited to have been selected as city attorney and looks forward to the challenges presented by representing a growing city like Mission. He is sure there will be more than enough to keep him occupied full time.
Tijerina, who was named as Deputy City Attorney, is a 1981 graduate of McAllen High School. He received an undergraduate degree from Pan American University in business administration. His Juris Doctorate degree was earned at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Tijerina spent 25 years in the U.S. Army Reserve as part of the JAG (Judge Advocate General) division. He also was an elected judge serving Kenedy County for 12 years.
He and his wife, the former Diane Galik of McAllen, have three children. Tijerina is the brother of Tomas Tijerina, who with his wife, Renee Martin, own Renee’s in Mission.
Tijerina said he is also looking forward to serving the city. The duties of the city attorney will be broken down between the two attorneys have not been determined as of yet.
In other action, the council went into executive session to determine what ambulance company would be elected to serve the city. In open session, the council agreed to contract with Med Care for an additional three years.
Also Monday, the sale of a portion of Lots 1, 3 and 3 of Block 157, Original Mission Townsite lying east of the Southern Pacific Railroad were sold to the city at a cost of $28,000.
The council voted to accept the donation of two school buses from La Joya Independent School District to the city. The buses will be donated to Valle Hermoso and Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas through Mission’s Sister City program.
Under zoning matters, a conditional use permit for Tick’s Bar & Grill located in the Stewart Crossing Subdivision, was approved.
James Su, a resident living in the subdivision behind the restaurant, expressed concern over having the bar located so close to a residential subdivision. He said he felt drunken drivers leaving the restaurant through the alley behind his subdivision posed a threat to residents living there.