Commissioners to discuss resignation Monday

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Citing medical problems, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Alonzo Villarreal notified county officials Wednesday that he will be resigning from office.

In his letter to the Jim Wells County Commisisoner's Court, Villarreal said his resignation is effective Aug. 31 and names the person he would like to fill his unexpired term.

"I am also requesting that you consider my request and recommendation to appoint Ramiro Saenz to finish the unexpired term of office for Justice of the Peace, Pct. One," according to the letter.

Villarreal visited the County Auditor's office earlier this week to ask about paperwork involved with retirement.

As an elected official, he first has to resign his position in writing, and have it approved by the commisisoner's court, before the retirement process could proceed, County Auditor Eladio Gonzalez said.

"I've been having back problems," Villarreal said Thursday morning. "I've been around for 23 years, I thought it was time."

Jim Wells County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz, who is currently on vacation, said in a phone interview that he had not spoken directly to Villarreal about his retirement, but that a special meeting of the commissioner's court will be held Monday to address the issue of his resignation.

This resignation also comes three months after Villarreal was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated. Villerreal later entered a plea on a reckless driving charge on June 4.