Albert, Maldonado, Ramirez, Sauceda and Uresti named

The Finalists

Scott L. Albert of Garland Ruben Maldonado, current interim Oscar E. Ramirez of Laredo Florencio Sauceda, CM of Marfa Albert Uresti of San Antonio

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The City of Alice has released the names of five candidates selected for the open position of city manager, and interviews with the candidates are expected to begin this month.

The five candidates selected by the Alice City Council June 11 are Scott L. Albert, Ruben Maldonado, Oscar E. Ramirez, Florencio Sauceda and Albert Uresti.

Albert currently lives in Garland, Texas, and has 17 years of experience in municipal government. According to his resume, Albert has served as city administrator for the cities of Celina, Fairview and Springtown.

Albert said Friday he believed his experience made him qualified for the position, and he and his wife, Noemi Sias, hoped to move to the area to be closer to her family in Harlingen.

"We've been through Alice, we like the community, we've spent a lot of time in Corpus and the surrounding community," Albert said. "I think I'm very well qualified to step into the city manager position in Alice, because I've been involved in local governments for 17 years."

Maldonado is currently serving as the interim-city manager for the City of Alice, a position he has held since Feb. 1. He has a bachelor of science and a master's degree from Texas A&M University, as well as a doctorate in education from the University of Houston.

Maldonado has served as the human resources director for the City of Alice since 2004, and previously served as the city manager of the City of San Diego and as superintendent of the Benavides Independent School District, and served in the U.S. Army.

Maldonado said his 37 years of experience as a manager and his connection to the city set him apart from other candidates.

"I think I have extensive experience in administration, not only in the military, but in public school administration, hospital administration and municipality administration," Maldonado said. "I am familiar with the staff, I know the problems and I think I can address them. I work with people, I'm a people-person and I enjoy communicating with people."

Ramirez currently lives in Laredo, where he has served as a South Texas Development Council of Governments Homeland Security/Emergency Management Senior Planner since 2002. Ramirez has a bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry, as well as a master's in public administration from Texas A&M International University.

Ramirez has previously worked with the city of Laredo as a recycling program coordinator and a water quality investigator. He also worked as an environmental investigator with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Ramirez said he had not had an opportunity to discuss with the council what the needs of the city are, but that he would expect to focus on economic development.

"My position personally, especially in a community like Alice, is toward community and economic development," Ramirez said. "And toward bringing new businesses and opportunities into the community, as many opportunities as are out there."

Sauceda has served as the city manager for the city of Marfa since 2005, and previously served as city manager at the cities of Taft and Del Rio. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Texas State University, and has also served as the Housing and Community Development Director for the City of Corpus Christi.

Sauceda could not be reached for comment Friday.

Uresti currently works with a public relations company in San Antonio, and has previously served as city manager in the cities of Pearsall and Pleasanton.

He has a bachelor's degree in occupational education from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Uresti said he is well qualified for the position of city manager of Alice.

"I have the energy, I have the experience, I have the training and I have the education that is needed for this job," Uresti said. "I'm excited and honored to be a finalist."