The Peñitas City Council named Jennifer Janney Quintero, the city’s current library director, city secretary Wednesday after spending most of this year with an interim in that position.
Peñitas has been without a permanent city secretary since Yenni Espinoza left the post in January for a position with the city of Mission, according to City Manager Humberto “Beto” Garza.
Martha Vasquez Munoz has filled the role as interim since.
The council interviewed candidates for the post in September
Garza described Palmhurst native Quintero, 29, as a civil servant on the rise.
“She’s done an excellent job here at the library, she turned it around. And she’s been taking some trainings and she’s highly qualified compared to the other candidates who applied for the position,” he said. “Very motivated, highly energetic and very — what we like about her — is she’s great with the staff and the community.”
Quintero, who was out of town for a training Wednesday, has worked for the city for about two years and been library director for a year.
She’s a licensed social worker with a passion for the field. After doing social work in rural Peñitas and a brief stint as a stay-at-home mom, she returned to the workforce and got a job as an administrative assistant with the city.
In municipal government, Quintero said, she found a role benefiting people that reminded her of her social work, a community service role that she said inspired her to apply for the job as city secretary.
“Dealing with the policies that we have in place and making sure that we advocate for whatever’s best for the residents of the city that we serve, that’s kind of what motivated me the most,” Quintero, who’s currently pursuing a masters degree online, said.
Quintero said she’s excited to get to work with Garza and the city council.
“They’re just strong leaders,” she said. “They’re able to motivate the staff. I’m excited to move forward and continue to build the team. We have a team that really likes to help the community and be out there looking out for what’s best for it.”