Longtime Wharton City Manager Andes Garza, Jr. plans to retire at the end of the year, according to the City of Wharton.

A Journal-Spectator email sent on Tuesday, Sept. 1 to City Secretary Paula Favors, who is also the city's public information officer, asked what his status was as city manager. She was also asked if he has plans to resign.

Favors responded with the following answer the same day: "Mr. Garza is still currently the city manager of the City of Wharton. Mr. Garza did inform the Mayor (Tim Barker), Wharton City Council and city staff department head his desire to retire at the end of the year. While this is not official, Mr. Garza is planning on submitting a formal letter of retirement to the City Council."

Garza biography (from City of Wharton website) 

City Manager Andres Garza, Jr. began his career in public service in 1977 as an Administrative Assistant in Pearsall, Texas. In 1979, he was promoted to Assistant City Manager in charge of Finance. He began serving as Pearsall City Manager in 1980 and served until May 1994. He is currently serving as the City of Wharton City Manager and has done so since 1994. He currently serves as a Board of Trustee on the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TML-IRP). He served as a chairman of TML-IRP board from 1994 to 1996. He also serves on the TML Small Cities Advisory Council. He received a BBA Degree from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and is a member of the Texas City Manager Association and International City Manager Association. His wife is Adeline Garza and they have two children, Andrew III and Adam. He enjoys all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping and golf.

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