AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Potter County Commissioner Mercy Murguia announced she will be stepping down on Sept. 8, after nearly a decade of service to the Eastern and Northeast communities.
According to the County, “a lifelong resident of Potter County and Precinct 2, she was elected in 2011. While in office, Commissioner Murguia has worked for progress in Precinct 2 in a measurable way and demonstrated it with several notable initiatives throughout a decade of service.”
Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner said that Commissioner Murguia is a go-getter and will be missed on the Commissioners’ Court.
“She doesn’t mince words to put it kindly, she says what she wants to say and she gets things done and if you don’t like what she said that’s just too bad, that’s the way she is. I like that in a person in standing up for what you believe in and voting that way,” said Judge Tanner.
The list of achievements during her tenure, given by Murguia’s office, included:
- $150 million of New Development in Precinct 2
- Served as Chairwoman of East Gateway Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 2) in East Amarillo which has raised $34.5 million of growth
- Initiated the City/County Neighborhood Planning Program
- Awarded the Elected Official of the Year award by the American Planning Association in 2018 and the National Association of Social Workers
- Founded Potter County Government Day
- Served as local elected representation in Washington, DC to advocate for accurate 2020 Census counting, impacting COVID-19 federal relief funds
- Hosted Quarterly Town Hall Meetings
- Cofounded Breakfast in the Barrio
- Re-established and Co-chaired the Hispanic Heritage Luncheon
- Served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Texas, Los Barrios de Amarillo, Texas Association of Counties Leadership Council, Amarillo Local Government Corporation, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and United Way of Amarillo & Canyon
According to her office’s statement, Commissioner Murguia will be sending one of her children to college and moving to the DFW area.
“For me, it’s been quite a journey to watch this from the eyes of my children as my family unit has talked through this. My daughter, in particular, said ‘mom, what will you do when you are not a commissioner?’ and I said, ‘I get to be your mom!'” said Commissioner Murguia.
Murguia said she is, “incredibly thankful for the trust of her community and the opportunity to represent them in public office for the last decade. She is extremely proud of the progress the community has been able to achieve together.”
Judge Tanner said there is more to do before Commissioner Murguia steps down in September.
“We are still in budget, so we haven’t even approved our budget. So she will have two meetings in August and no meetings in September, so we have to have the budget approved by the end of August to get a full court. I get to pick a new person, so we will put out, I have already talked to the County Attorney about what the protocol is,” said Judge Tanner.
Even though Commissioner Murguia is leaving Potter County, she said this may not be the end of her time in public service.
“Even though I’m stepping down from this role in public service, I’m just taking a little bit of a break. I’m not saying my life in public service is done forever, just taking a little bit of a reset and a little bit of a break when the opportunity presents itself, I think I just continue to be a vessel and if the time is right and the opportunity presents itself as always I will be a willing participant,” added Commissioner Murguia.
You can see that full interview with Commissioner Murguia below: