Alice Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez submitted a letter of resignation late Friday to be effective at midnight. The resignation follows the recent submission of a recall petition for the mayor and a recent vote of no confidence from the Alice City Council.
To My Fellow Citizens,
I want to thank the Citizens of Alice for their support over my many years as their Mayor and as a City
Council Member. I am proud to have met so many wonderful people and to have worked with so many
dedicated employees. I am most proud, however, to have served the greatest citizens in the world; the
Citizens of Alice.
I have always taken the leadership with which you entrusted me very seriously. We have accomplished
many great things together, including great strides in economic development and public safety. We
passed and have begun work on our $9.6 million bond project. We have also worked hard for our
children and began this year taking new steps to better serve our Senior Citizens. As your Mayor, fiscal
responsibility has always been a priority for me. We lowered, not only the tax rate this year, but
property taxes as well.
I know these past few weeks have been difficult for all of us, including my husband, my sister, and the
Gutierrez Family as well. On Monday the courts will decide the fate of Panchito. I do not know what
they will decide, but I can tell you that I did at the time what I thought was best for Panchito and what I
felt was right in my heart.
Although I wish to continue as your Mayor and finish the projects we started, I do not want the
taxpayers to shoulder the cost and division of continuing to pursue a special election. The expense and
discord of a special election would go against everything I have fought for as your Mayor.
In closing, I am sorry for the division that the events of these last few weeks have caused. It was never
my intent to bring any negative exposure to our City. I did not make any statements nor did I seek any
publicity. I only wanted to continue forward. I want to again thank you for your prayers and the many
great years you have given me. Effective tonight, Friday, February 1, 2008, at twelve midnight, I will
effectively resign my position as Mayor of the City of Alice. I hope you will continue to support our
employees, including our City Manager. God bless you, and remember, ALICE is Buena Gente.
Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez