Jessica Garza was selected by the Alpine City Council to be the Alpine City Manager and accepted the position effective December 1st. Jessica comes to Alpine with almost 20 years of experience in rural municipalities. She leaves Vinton, Texas, where she restructured the local government organization and implemented several strategic plans. She was instrumental in obtaining more than $50 million in public and private grant funds over the last 10 years for water, sewer, parks, storm water and streets, as well as earning annual recognition from the state comptroller for transparency efforts and numerous excellence awards for volunteer and community collaborative initiatives. Prior to Vinton, she paved the way for first time water and sewer for Clint, Texas.
Mrs. Garza has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History, graduating Cum Laude, from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a graduate of El Paso’s Eastwood High School.
With her husband of 30 years, she has four sons, 1 in Arizona and 3 in Texas. She is a member of the Texas City Managers Association and other Texas professional associations.
The Mayor and City Council want to thank Erik Zimmer, who left Alpine at the end of September to pursue another direction. During his nearly four year tenure, The City of Alpine went from deficit spending to a balanced budget, there were significant improvements in the overall city infrastructure, and Alpine is far better off. Mrs. Garza will take Alpine to the next level. Her experience, straight forward approach and open discussion are important attributes that will serve the city well. The Mayor and City Council also want to thank J Horry who has been the interim city manager since Eric departed and will fill the role until Jessica starts. We are blessed to have a strong leadership team in Alpine. The city administration looks forward to their continued focus on making Alpine a better place for us to live, work, learn and play.