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Mayor

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The mayor presides over the city council and is a voting member. Every ordinance, resolution or motion passed by the council must be approved and signed by the mayor before it is in effect. The mayor may veto any council measure, but the council can override the veto with a majority vote. However, the mayor does have line-item veto power. If the mayor neither signs nor vetoes legislation it becomes effective after the expiration time for its return to council.

In presiding over the council, the mayor has the authority to add items to the council agenda with no other approval. A vote of at least five council members is required for a council member to add an item to the agenda.

Most of the city boards and commissions are strictly advisory in nature to the city council. Some, however, do have authority. The mayor has sole authority for appointment to the following boards: Housing Authority, Human Relations Commission, Arts & Cultural Commission, Oil & Gas Advisory Committee, Museum of Science & History Advisory Committee and the Water Resources Advisory Committee.

The mayor has the exclusive authority to represent and speak for the city and the city council in all situations, including testifying before the Texas State Legislature and the United States Congress. The mayor also has the authority to administer oaths.

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City Council

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The city council is made up of the Mayor, one Council Member from each of the five districts, and three At-Large Members, elected by citizens for a two-year term. Five council members are elected by majority vote from single districts. Three are elected at-large by plurality vote with winners receiving at least 12 percent of the total votes cast. The mayor is elected at large by majority vote. The five districts are required by law to represent approximately equal populations. No person can serve more than four two-year terms consecutively as a council member or as the mayor, or six two-year terms consecutively in any combination of offices.

The mayor pro tem assumes the duties and responsibilities of the mayor during the mayor's absence from city council meetings. Rather than select one permanent member as mayor pro tem, the council rotates the job among all council members at three-month intervals. Council members receive a compensation of $6,000 a year and the mayor receives $9,000 a year.

The city council determines the annual city budget and the tax rate, assumes financial responsibility for the city and establishes policies. The council passes all ordinances, resolutions and motions needed, and creates and funds departments and agencies needed to govern the city.
The council appoints the city secretary, the city manager and the municipal court judges, who handle trial of misdemeanors. All other appointments are made by the city manager on the basis of merit within the civil service regulations.

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Mayor
Nelda Martinez
1201 Leopard St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Work: 361-826-3105
Fax: 361-883-1403
Email: nelda@neldamartinez.com

At Large
David Loeb
921 N. Chaparral, Suite 100
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Work: 361-857-8991
Main Line: 361-826-3105
Home: 361-877-0474
Email: davidloeb@live.com

At Large
Lillian Riojas
Work: 361-826-3105
Cell: 361-765-1499
Email: LillianRiojas4citycouncil@gmail.com

At Large
Mark Scott
5026 Holly Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Work: 361-985-2004
Home: 361-814-9220
Email: mscott@sanjacintotitle.com

District 1
Kelley Allen
1201 Leopard St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Work: 361-826-3105
Email: Kelleyallend1@yahoo.com

District 2
Chad Magill
1201 Leopard St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Work: 361-826-3105
Email: chad@chadmagill.com

District 3
Priscilla Leal
4738 Cheryl Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Work: 361-658-1302
Email: priscillalealdistrict3@yahoo.com

District 4
Colleen Mclntyre
Email: ElectColleen@gmail.cm

District 5
Rudy Garza Jr.
1201 Leopard St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Work: 361-826-3105
Email: Rudygarza2000@yahoo.com

Corpus Christi City Council Biographies

Priscilla Leal, council member, District 3

Priscilla Leal is a native of Corpus Christi who was born to Abel and Refugia Gonzalez. Ms. Leal is the granddaughter of Joe Gonzalez, who was a local pioneer of the Corpus Christi area - digging the first artesian wells in and around Corpus Christi and operating a tin shop from 1919 until 1948. She graduated from Roy Miller High School. Ms. Leal is married to her husband of 38 years, Martin Leal, Jr. and they have three children: Dina, Martin and Michael. Ms. Leal is also a proud grandmother of three.


Ms. Leal has a record of community involvement starting with her employment with the City of Corpus Christi. Ms. Leal served the City of Corpus Christi for approximately 20 years and held such positions as Executive Secretary. Ms. Leal has been a blood donor; and volunteered to aid community residents receiving medical care and assisting students, parents, residents and business owners who have had problems involving local, county and federal government.

Ms. Leal has received citations for her work with the community from the City of Corpus Christi, Nueces County and the State of Texas.

Ms. Leal's goals while serving on City Council are:

* Open Government and Meaningful City Council Representation for District 3
* Better City Planning
* Fair Use of Taxes
* Economic Development
* Health Care and Human Rights
* Continued Support of Police in Lowering Crime Rate






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