Los Fresnos News

Former mayor takes Place 1 seat

Former mayor and new councilman Polo Narvaez talks about his tenure as head of the city council. Photo: Tony Vindell / LFN

by TONY VINDELL
LFN

Former Los Fresnos Mayor Polo Narvaez took over the Place 1 seat vacated by Yolanda Cruz.

Narvaez defeated Gordon Cappon in the Nov. 3 election.

The former mayor could not seek a fourth term because the city chapter prevents any member of Los Fresnos City Council to seek the same seat after three consecutive terms.

He took Yolanda Cruz’s seat, who served on the council for more than 17 years.

Cruz was a city councilwoman before the changes in the city chapter took place about 10 years ago.

Speaking before a small crowd that attended the special meeting, she thanked all the people who supported her all those years and felt she accomplished her job as city councilwoman.

Cruz received a key to the city and a clock for her public service from City Manager Mark Milum who told her the community was fortunate to have her as one of their representatives.

Former Councilwoman Yolanda Cruz, left, and City Secretary Jacqueline Moya, during Monday’s meeting. Photo: Tony Vindell / LFN

“On behalf of myself I want to thank you,” he said. “You have been very professional and very respectful.”

After the presentation, Milum then welcomed Narvaez, saying he is leaving as mayor but is staying on the council.

Narvaez served three terms as head of the administrative body and served two terms as councilman prior to that.

City Secretary Jacqueline Moya administered the oath of office.
Narvaez said Los Fresnos has come a long way.

He said he appreciated the help he has received from Milum because when he came on board he did not know much about city government.

“Los Fresnos has come through difficult times,” he said. “The city was on the verge of bankruptcy but I can honestly say we are now on a solid foundation.”

He said people from all over the Rio Grande Valley are watching this city, particularly because of all the progress going on here.

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