Longtime Edinburg EDC employee resigns

A longtime employee who oversaw the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation during major transitions for almost two decades is no longer employed at the nonprofit.

Nelda Ramirez, who most recently served as the director of finance and contract administration, left her post Friday, according to multiple sources close to the entity.

It’s unclear why Ramirez resigned, and interim Executive Director Ruben Ramirez refused to give any details about her departure.

“I don’t comment on personnel issues,” he said. “We’re respecting her right to privacy.”

The executive director also declined to provide basic information about the separation, including confirming her last day of employment.

“I can’t,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope once you start talking about certain issues.”

Nelda Ramirez did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Sources, however, indicate she did not agree with decisions the EDC board took, including firing former Executive Director Plinio “Joey” Treviño. The board also wanted to move her from her post at the EDC to a position within the city’s finance department, a move she also disagreed with, one source said.

Edinburg EDC Board President Jorge Salinas did not answer a call for comment Tuesday.

Nelda Ramirez takes with her a wealth of institutional knowledge and information, having served as interim executive director on at least three occasions throughout her 19 years at the nonprofit.

She took over the EDC in 2009 when former director Ramiro Garza left his post, and she took over again in 2011 after his successor, Pedro Salazar, left. She once again led the EDC in 2017 after former executive director Gus Garcia was fired.

But when the board fired Treviño, the EDC’s most recent director, in early July, board members tapped Ruben Ramirez, the former Edinburg City Council liaison for the job.

Her departure leaves the organization with two relatively new employees: Ramirez, who the board tapped in July, and Michael Balderas, the small business, workforce development and special events coordinator, who was hired last year.