Roger Ortiz' resignation official, Cameron Co. searches for replacement

Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz

The Cameron County Elections Commission officially accepted a resignation letter from Election's Adminstrator Roger Ortiz.

Wasting no time in setting a timeline to hire his replacement by the end of the year.

County officials are posting the job opening for an elections administrator as soon as Monday, and they will go as far as San Antonio to find the right candidate for the job.

"You've always got challenges and I wish him well."

The Cameron County Elections Commission accepted election's administrator Roger Ortiz's resignation Friday, after he's led the office for the past 10 years.

Then they got right to business putting together a list of criteria and qualifications and they want the next elections administrator to have.

Commissioners will not consider any applicant without a Bachelor's degree.

The person who fills Oritz's shoes has speak Spanish and English.

And preferably have administrative experience and will be able to work well with the public.

Judge Carlos Cascos said the commission wants someone who can handle such a tedious and important job.

"I don TMt think we're going to find somebody that meets all 18 or 20 criteria in what we are asking for but it we get someone that meets a majority of those I think we are well ahead of the game, said Cascos. I don TMt want to rush into this. We have to make sure that we hire a qualified competent candidate."

The job opening will be posted on the county's website.

Qualified applicants will have until November 30th and county officials hope to make their decison by December 14th- outside the Cameron County courthouse.

County commissioners will have to approve funding for advertising before posting the job in Valley news papers, along with those in Corpus Christi and San Antonio.