img_6051Civil Service Director

Jesse Lerma, Jr.


Graduated in September 1999 from the University of Texas-Brownsville’s Criminal Justice Institute as a Basic Reserve Officer, an Intermediate Reserve Officer and an Advanced Reserve Officer.


Work Experience

Worked as a Unit Director for the McAllen Boys & Girls Club, as a Youth Director for the Palmview Boys & Girls Youth Club, as the Community Development Block Grant Director for Palmview, and as a City Administrator for Palmview. In October 2001, was hired to serve as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Mission.

Professional Objective

To work in a governmental agency conducive to serving the public and attaining goals set forth by elected officials unified in representing their community.

About the Civil Service Department

The Civil Service Department collaborates with the Civil Service Commission, which is made up of Ruben Femat, Cynthia Pacheco, and Jerry Saenz, on any given issue that needs approval, as well as collaborating with the City Attorney and/or Civil Service Attorney on any legal issues or to acquire a legal opinion. The Civil Service Department is responsible for interpreting Local Government Code Chapter 143: Municipal Civil Service for Firefighters and Police Officers and implementing Local Civil Service Rules. The Civil Service Department also administers entry-level and promotional testing for police officers and firefighters. In addition, the Civil Service Department screens Civil Service entry-level applications, analyzes and prepares the department’s budget for City Manager’s approval, and prepares and presents agenda’s and meetings for any given issue that needs Civil Service Commission approval.

Minimum Qualifications – Police Officer

Physical Agility Test Prerequisites POLICE

  • Must be able to read and write in English
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the examination
  • Must not have reached his/her 45th birthday at the time of the examination
  • Completion of 30 accredited college hours; or
  • Two (2) years of military service with an honorable discharge; or
  • Must be Certifiable (completed Police Academy); or
  • Certified by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Minimum Qualifications – Firefighter

Physical Agility Requirements for Firefighter

  • Must be able to read and write in English
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the examination
  • Must not have reached his/her 41st birthday at the time of the examination
  • Must have a High School Diploma; or
  • Must have a G.E.D. and twelve (12) accredited college hours; or
  • Must be Certifiable (completed Fire Academy); or
  • Certified by the Texas Commission of Fire Protection

Civil Service Entry-Level Testing

Notice of Examination for Entry-Level Police Officer

We are currently accepting applications for Entry-Level Police Officer.  The Civil Service Application is provided below and may be downloaded using the link provided. All completed applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department. The deadline to accept completed applications is Wednesday, February 8, 2023 by 5:00 PM.

An examination will be administered for Entry-Level Police Officer on Monday, February 13, 2023 at 9:00 A.M. The examination will be administered at the Mission Event Center located at 200 N. Shary Rd. Mission, TX 78572.

Civil Service Application Packet Exam

Entry Level Fire Alpha Scores

Mission Police Department Study Guide 2023