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New Mayor Alberto Hector Casarez is sworn in by City Secretary Crystol Birdwell Monday, Sept. 26. New Mayor Alberto Hector Casarez is sworn in by City Secretary Crystol Birdwell Monday, Sept. 26.

WILMER - Alberto Hector Casarez was officially appointed the new mayor of Wilmer during a called meeting on Monday, Sept. 26 via a 3-1 vote. 

Former Mayor Jeff Steele resigned Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9:25 p.m.

Councilman Robert Wells wasn’t present for the meeting and Councilman Robert Turner “didn’t know him.”

“Nothing against you [Casarez] personally, but I just don’t know you yet,” said Turner.

Casarez wasn’t appointed without council asking for his ideas on the city.

“ I am tired of the bedroom community mentality,” said Casarez. 

“I was appalled by the actions of my predecessor.” 

Casarez explained his vision and wanting to stop with the industrial warehouses he feels are “messing up  our infrastructure.” 

“If we keep going the way we are now, that’s all we will ever be,” said Casarez.

Mayor Pro Tem Hector Pena however, felt the council was “being too harsh.”

“I challenge this council to look forward and do the right thing,” said Pena.

The vision Casarez said he feels most strongly about is the children and future of Wilmer. 

“Frisco, McKinney and Allen all started with the schools, if we have the good schools, we will have the people follow.”

“I am not a politician, have a lot to learn but, I know a lot of people and I know how to get things done,” said Casarez.

A councilman was to resign according to the agenda, but those items were scratched from during the meeting following Cazarez’s  appointment.

“I think for too long Wilmer has existed in their own little box,” said Councilwoman Vicky Vandygriff.

In other news, council approved  the 2011-2012 budget of $2,330,859 unanimously as well as adopting a tax rate of .40 cents per $100 valuation, raising tax revenue for maintenance and operation. 

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