The Hutto City Manager announced today that Helen Ramirez, Hutto Assistant City Manager and long-time member of the executive team, has accepted a new leadership position in Brownsville, a municipality with a population of more than 180,000.
“It has and will continue to be my pleasure to mentor Helen Ramirez,” said Odis Jones, City Manager. “Helen is an outstanding leader and incredible talent that I along with our Executive team, staff, City Council and citizens will deeply miss. She has been loyal, hard working, and a significant part of renewing the City government in Hutto, and we wish her and her family well,” added Jones.
Ramirez says, “I will always treasure this time spent leading and learning under Odis as my City Manager along with the entire Executive Team while serving the Hutto community. The amazing things we have accomplished will propel me as I take on this new challenge in Brownsville as Deputy City Manager.”
“We as a City Council have seen Helen grow as a professional particularly over the last four years,” said Mayor Doug Gaul. “She has been the City Manager’s right- hand Executive leader as they managed the growth of this City. Each of us on the City Council will miss Helen, and we wish her well as she pursues this great opportunity for her professionally and personally,” added Gaul.
“As an Executive team member, I can tell you Helen is an admired and respected member of our administration, and we are all so proud of her and confident that she is ready for the challenge of a much larger City,” said Eliska Padilla, Executive Director of Communications.“
In her role as Assistant City Manager, Ramirez has provided strong leadership assisting the City Manager with overall governance by providing strategic guidance and leadership for the economic development, public infrastructure, planning and quality of life functions of the City. Ramirez has more than 20 years of municipal planning including 10 years of private sector experience managing complex and high-profile economic development projects both in the United States and Internationally. Award-winning projects include the Los Angeles Air Force Base $115 million New Space & Missile Command Center Redevelopment Project in Southern California.
Ramirez has left her mark on the City of Hutto in many ways, most especially through the Co-Op District redevelopment project anchored by the new City Hall; being a part of spearheading the development of three business parks; revamping the codes and land use map; and successfully recruiting new companies to Hutto including BryComm, Paradigm Metals, JRS, and AEND.
“She will no doubt be a difference maker in Brownsville in her new role as Deputy City Manager, and we wish her well,” said Jones.