Excertped from The Laredo Morning Times
The next Webb County facilities director named to the job by commissioners Monday is a nephew of Uni-Trade Forwarding owner Eduardo Garza, a generous contributor to local political campaigns.
County commissioners selected Gilberto Garza to fill the vacant director position at the facilities department after conducting interviews with him and two other candidates.
Gilberto Garza said his relationship to his uncle had nothing to do with his selection.
“Everything I did, I went through a process,” he said.
“I submitted an application, I met the minimum qualifications, I responded based on my knowledge and my experience.”
Garza said he is grateful to have the opportunity to lead the department and that his uncle was not involved in his hiring.
“He is one thing and I am another thing,” he said.
Since June 2010, Garza has worked as an administrative assistant at the City of Laredo finance department. ( City of Laredo officials are recipients of Garza's political contributions)
Before that, he worked for six years as a site supervisor at Laredo Accurate Inspections Inc. (Is this the same company that is owned by Mr. Unitrade Garza?)
Advertisements for the position included a requirement of five years as a facilities and maintenance director, of which two must have been in a supervisory capacity.
Commissioners passed on two other candidates, Javier Mendoza and Lourdes Paras-Jasso.
As operations manager and president of Mendoza Maintenance Group, Mendoza has handled maintenance contracts with entities including Dallas and Williamson counties.
Paras-Jasso has worked as a facilities officer at Laredo Independent School District since 2004.
Eduardo Garza donated at least $5,000 to County Judge Danny Valdez during his last run for office.
He donated $500 to Tijerina during the campaign for her court seat in 2006. (La estan regando, ya ni le tratan de despistar los sinverguenzas!)