The Brownsville City Commission is comprised of seven members made up of the Mayor and six City Commissioners.

Brownsville City Commission

Juan “Trey” Mendez, III


John Cowen Jr

City Commissioner, At-Large “A”

Rose M. Z. Gowen

City Commissioner, At-Large “B”

Nurith Galonsky Pizana

Commissioner, District 1

Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa

Commissioner, District 2

Joel Munguia

Commissioner District 3

Ben Neece

Commissioner District 4

In 2019, The City of Brownsville invested in a new organizational structure that is focused on building a culture of collaboration and innovation at all levels. All vacant Executive Leadership and Director positions were filled and new departments were unveiled to achieve these desired results.

New Departments

Meet Our Leadership Team

Noel Bernal

City Manager

Helen Ramirez

Deputy City Manager

Bryant Walker

Assistant City Manager / Aviation Administrator

Elizabeth Walker

Assistant City Manager

Meet Our New Directors

Perla Cepeda

Director of Organizational Development & Human Resources

Felipe Romero

Communications and Marketing Director

Felix Sauceda

Brownsville Police Chief

Rick Vasquez

Planning & Redevelopment Services Director

Armando Gutierrez

Engineering & Public Works Director

Roxanna Moreno

Internal Services Director

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Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

The budget aims to raise more revenue from property taxes than the 2019 fiscal year budget by an amount of $2,968,921 a 7.10 % increase from last year.

The City of Brownsville’s property tax rate remains fixed at $0.700613/$100 valuations for the ninth consecutive year. However, revenue forecasts show an increase to both the tax base and sales tax, indicators of a growing local economy.

The balanced Fiscal Year 2020 budget is $153.7 million and supports capital improvement projects including:

$7.2M for Drainage Improvements.

$14M for Facilities Improvements.

$3.5M for Emergency Vehicles.

$10.7M for street with the following breakdown.

  • ($6.7M for Street Reconstruction / $4M for Street Maintenance)
  • District 1: $1,597,500
  • District 2: $1,520,000
  • District 3: $1,522,500
  • District 4: $1,640,500

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Fleet Program

In 2019, the City of Brownsville developed an innovative solution to its aging fleet. This included a thorough inventory of each vehicle and a “right-size” and “right-type” evaluation of each vehicle for every department. Based on the inventory and departmental needs, City staff conducted a cost analysis to determine the best lease or purchase method. In alignment with staff’s recommendation, City Commission approved a hybrid/lease combination. The first year of hybrid/lease vehicles will be purchased in fiscal year 2020.

Bond Rating

The City of Brownsville was reaffirmed as an AA- Bond Rating by Moody’s Investor Service in November 2019. This promising rating is due to Brownsville’s growing tax base, growing population, an international economy and an active port. Additionally, administration restructured the City’s debt allowing for such rating.


U.S. News & World Report ranks Brownsville, Texas as one of the 25 Safest Places to Live in the U.S. in 2019

Brownsville’s residents continue to experience the influence of the metro area’s location in their daily lives. With the majority of the population claiming Mexican heritage, Spanish is widely spoken, and it’s just as easy to find authentic mole sauce as it is to find quality Texas sirloin. 


WalletHub named Brownsville #2 Safest City in Texas and 11th in the United States, according to the F.B.I. Crime Report

People encounter hazards every day, some serious, others rare and innocuous. But we fear certain kinds more than others. According to Gallup, nearly half of Americans fear being a victim of a mass shooting or a terrorist attack. To determine where Americans can feel most secure — in more than one sense — WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 41 key indicators of safety.


Central Historic District Designated

Central Historic District designated as National Register Historic District by the National Park Service in 2019. – 176 Acres, 337 Buildings, 69% Historic Structures.


National Main Street America Accreditation

Main Street Brownsville earns the National Main Street America Accreditation in 2018 and 2019.


Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Brownsville for its comprehensive annual financial report 44 consecutive years.


AARP Community Challenge Grant

AARP Community Challenge Grant was awarded to Brownsville in 2019 to continue making Brownsville a more livable place for all ages.


The prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Awards

Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), awarded the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Awards to Texas to the City of Brownsville for outstanding overall efforts to keep our community beautiful in 2019.


People’s Choice AND President’s Award for Best Public Improvement.

Texas Downtown Association awards Historic Market Square with People’s Choice AND President’s Award for Best Public Improvement.