The Laredo City Council officially named Eagle Pass native Jesus Olivares, as the City Manager in March of 2015, after being named interim city manager four months earlier following the retirement of the former City Manager. Olivares had been serving as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Laredo since 2007.
As Eagle Pass City Manager, Olivares was instrumental in implementing the first phase of a $23 million CIP bond package, including investing $10 million in two and a half years, for streets, parks, drainage/watershed protection, and a convention center, land, and other buildings.
While serving as the director for the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, Olivares oversaw many initiatives that added 16,000 park acreage; revitalized neglected park space in the community; added almost $24 million in money, resources and volunteerism; and helped develop a conservancy program to protect local bird and inspect species, as well as adding or enhancing 10 major parks, a youth center, recreation centers, swimming pools and a water feature throughout the city of Austin.
Most recently, his tenure in Laredo was serving as one of two Assistant City Managers, where he oversaw the Airport, Laredo Bridge System, Engineering, Environmental Services, Fleet, Public Works, Solid Waste, Traffic, Transit Metro Bus System, and the Utilities departments, which represents the operation division of the City’s management system. Olivares has a bachelors of science in recreation administration from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University.
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