As of Friday, Laredo City Manager Horacio De Leon had not yet signed his employment contract, which stipulates his duties, salary and benefits, the term of the agreement and his performance evaluation.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council voted unanimously on these conditions, which were discussed in closed session for well over an hour.
Because the document has not yet been signed, the contract is not a public record, according to city officials, so these terms are not yet known.

Mayor Pete Saenz said that once he and De Leon sign the contract, it will be posted online so the public “will be made fully aware of the terms and conditions.”

De Leon was appointed interim city manager after then-City Manager Jesus Olivares abruptly retired on May 15. Council appointed De Leon to this position permanently on Aug. 7.

Olivares made a $242,000 base salary during his two years as city manager, plus around $7,000 annually for a vehicle and cellphone allowance, according to his contract.

De Leon’s resume, which he provided to LMT after being named city manager, stipulated that he made about $259,000 annually in the interim position. He made between $112,000 and $168,000 annually as assistant city manager, a position he held for 12 years, according to his resume.