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Sullivan City picks new city secretary

Sullivan City’s city council named Aliza Salinas city secretary Monday.

Salinas, 23, is an in-house hire. She started working at city hall as an assistant in October.

Prior to joining the city, Salinas worked at La Joya ISD for about a year, a month of that time as a special education assistant.

Before that she received an associates degree from South Texas College and a bachelors degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she studied criminal justice.

Salinas is a Sullivan City native, though she lives in La Joya now.

“I’m just happy to be working for the city,” she said Monday.

Salinas also serves with the city’s volunteer fire department. She’s a lieutenant.

“I love volunteering my time, I love helping the city,” she said.

Sullivan City Mayor Alma Salinas says council based its decision to hire Aliza Salinas on her work with the city and the opinion of City Manager Lisa Rivera, who took on her role in October.

“She has worked in our office and she knows all the rules in our office, so when Ms. Rivera came in, she chose her to help her as her assistant. And so, it was a recommendation from our city manager, Ms. Rivera,” she said.

Council discussed the city secretary position and other matters for over an hour in executive session.

Aliza Salinas replaces former city secretary Rita Maciel-Settle, who quit in December after less than a month on the job.

In the interim, Rivera filled in as city secretary.

Council doesn’t appear to have interviewed other candidates for the position.

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