CITY OF LAREDO SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                          1110 HOUSTON STREET
                             LAREDO, TEXAS
                               9:30 A.M.

                                MINUTES

       M97-S-05                                  FEBRUARY 15, 1997

   I.  Call to Order

       With a quorum present Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., called the
       meeting to order.

  II.  Roll Call
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR. MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ,       COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,             "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,  "     , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,         "     , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ, JR.,         "     , DISTRICT V
       JOE A. GUERRA,              "     , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO GEORGE ALVARADO,      "     , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO,  "     , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA,       INTERIM CITY MANAGER
       JERRY CAIN,           ASST. CITY ATTORNEY

 III.  Request for Executive Session of the City Council to be conducted
       pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code, to interview
       selected applicants for the position of City Manager of the City of
       Laredo, Texas.

       Lots were drawn to select how the candidates for the position of City
       Manager were to be interviewed.

                       1. Hollis V. Rotledge, Jr.
                       2. Florencio Pea, III,
                       3. Gilbert T. Perales.

       Motion to go into Executive Session of the City Council to be conducted
       pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code, to interview
       selected applicants for the position of City Manager of the City of
       Laredo, Texas.

       Moved :  Cm. Perez
       Second:  Cm. Casso
       For:  8                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       After Executive Session Mayor Ramirez announced that no formal action
       was taken.


   V.  Possible action on the selection of a City Manager for the City of
       Laredo, Texas.

       Motion to appoint Florencio Pea as the new City Manager with a maximum
       salary of $95,000.00 subject to a six (6) month evaluation and subject
       to terms and conditions negotiated on this date.

       Moved :  Cm. Casso
       Second:  Cm. Guerra
       For:  8                         Against:  0          Abstain:  0


  VI.  Adjournment

       Motion to adjourn.

       Moved :  Cm. Guerra
       Second:  Cm. Valdez
       For:  8                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       Adjournment time:  4:40 p.m.


I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 02 ARE TRUE
COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON
THE 15TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1997.  A COPY IS ON
FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY