Council, Place 1 Mayor Pro-Tem
Jessica Ortega-Ochoa Councilwoman Jessica Ortega-Ochoa is a 1992 graduate of Mission High School and a 1997 graduate of University of Texas Pan American with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts of Communication-Journalism and in 2005 with a Master’s degree of Science in Social Work. Councilwoman Ortega-Ochoa is serving her second term having been elected in May 2014 and May of 2018 to a four year term. Councilwoman Ortega-Ochoa is the Life Skills Coach with the Pregnancy Education and Parenting Program with the La Joya I.S.D. Councilwoman Ortega-Ochoa was named Mission’s Woman of the Year in 2007 for years of community service. Councilwoman Ortega-Ochoa is a past president of Silver Ribbon Community Partners against Elder Abuse and is currently a member of the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association and Mission Leadership class of XXVII Alumni.
Council, Place 2
Ruben Plata Councilman Ruben Plata attended the University of Texas-Pan American and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. Councilman Plata is a Senior Lender at Community First National Bank in McAllen. Councilman Plata was elected to office in October 2007 to fill the vacancy created by Councilwoman Gen Long’s resignation. Councilman Plata was elected to a four term in May 2008, 2012 and in May 2016. Councilman Plata has served as member and chairman of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, member and vice-president for the Mission Boys and Girls Club of Mission, member of Mission Economic Development Authority, Cimarron Country Club, Regional Mobility Authority, North American Butterfly Association, member and chairman of the Mission Historical Museum, and member and chairman of the United Way of South Texas. Councilman Plata was named Mission’s Man of the Year in 2006 for his significant service to the city. He was also named 2007 SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year for South Texas. Councilman Plata is a past president of Valley Bankers Association, past member of the Mission CISD Facilities Advisory Committee and is currently a board member of Rotary Club of Mission.
Council, Place 3
Norie Gonzalez Garza Councilwoman Norie Gonzalez Garza is a 1977 graduate of Mission High School and a 1981 graduate of then Pan American University. Councilwoman Garza is broker/owner of Real Estate Investments Co. located in Mission since 1991. Councilwoman Garza was elected to office for a three year term in May 2007 and a four year term in May 2010, 2014 and 2018 in the position of City Council, Place 3. Councilwoman Garza served three terms as a trustee on the MCISD school board. She currently serves on the Junior Service League of Mission, and Mission Chamber of Commerce. Councilwoman Garza served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Financial Advisor Committee, Complete Count Committee, Texas Citrus Fiesta, Boys and Girls Club of Mission Board of Directors and various positions in Parent Teacher Organizations at Mission High School, Mission Jr. High, Mims Elementary and Agape Christian School.
Council, Place 4
Jose Alberto Vela, PharmD Councilman Alberto Vela is a Pharmacist and business owner. Councilman Vela was born and raised in Mission, Texas attended Mission High School, graduated from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where he pursued his Doctorate in Pharmacy. Councilman Vela was appointed to the City Council on June, 2019. Term to expire May, 2020.
Councilman Vela has been a pharmacist since 2002 and a business owner since 2004 calling Mission home to his first pharmacy, TLC Pharmacy & Medical Equipment. He has now expanded his business to own other pharmacies and has become a prominent land developer. Councilman Vela has always been an advocate for his profession and has been involved in many associations; RGV Pharmacy Association, Texas Pharmacy Business Council and Texas Pharmacy Association among others. Councilman Vela owns multiple companies and has over 360 employees. Councilman Vela became a stock holder and is a board member to Freedom Bank.
The City Council is the legislative and governing body of the City of Mission, Texas. The City Council is composed of the Mayor and 4 Council members. The members of the City Council are elected from the City of Mission, Texas by an at-large election. City Council members, excluding the Mayor, hold place numbers 1 through 4. Council members serve for 4-year staggered terms. The City Council, at its first meeting after an election, will elect one of its members to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. City Council meetings are held every second and fourth Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers at 1201 E. 8th St. The City Council may call a special meeting as it deems necessary, which will be posted to the public in the same manner as a regular meeting.
The City Council has power to determine all matters of policy for the city, as well as the power to:
- Adopt the city’s budget
- Authorize the issuance of bonds through a bond ordinance
- Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the city and make investigations regarding municipal affairs
- Provide for such additional boards and commissions, as may be deemed necessary, appoint the members of all boards and commissions, and to confer powers and duties to such boards or commissions as stated in the City Charter, by city ordinance or by law
- Adopt and modify the zoning plan and building code of the city
- Adopt and modify the official map of the city
- Adopt, modify and carry out plans of the Planning and Zoning Commission
- Regulate, license and fix the charges or fares made by any person, firm or corporation owning, operating or controlling any vehicle used for the carrying of passengers for hire or the transportation of freight for hire on the public streets and alleys of the city
- Provide for the establishment and designation of fire limits and the kind and character of the buildings and structures or improvements to be erected therein, and to provide for condemnation of dangerous structures or buildings
- Fix the salaries and compensation of city officers and employees
- Provide for sanitary garbage disposal and set fees and charges, and provide penalties for failure to pay such fees and charges
- Exercise exclusive dominion, control and jurisdiction in, upon, over and under the public streets, avenues, sidewalks, alleys, highways, boulevards and public grounds of the city and provide for the improvement of the same
- Compromise and settle any and all claims and lawsuits of every kind and character in favor of or against the city
- Define all nuisances and prohibit the same within the city and outside the city limits for a distance of 5,000 feet
- Appropriate money from the general fund for the establishment and maintenance of a public library, a Board of City Development and/or other public organizations or activities having a valid municipal purpose
Neither the City Council nor any of its members shall direct the hiring of any person. Except for the purpose of inquiry, the City Council and its members deal with the administrative services of the city solely through the City Manager.
The members of the City Council are elected from the City of Mission, Texas by an at-large election. The City Council, at its first meeting after an election, will elect one of its members Mayor Pro-Tem. The Mayor Pro-Tem will perform all mayoral duties in the absence or disability of the Mayor.
Conflict of Interest Statements
Local Government Code 176.009 requires municipalities to post Conflicts Disclosure Statements.