Aguilera Denied Pecos City Manager Job

Jim Aguilera
Jim Aguilera

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

PECOS - In an executive session that lasted nearly two hours, the vote was unanimous as the Pecos City Council decided to withdraw the city manager job from Jim Aguilera.

During this special session, council members asked more questions about the charge of facilitating a bribe Aguilera sustained 12 years ago while working in Cathedral City, California.

NewsWest 9 caught up with Aguilera after the session.

"Obviously disappointed," Aguilera said. "I am an excellent candidate. It's unfortunate that the council rescinded the offer. It's a great city. I would have loved to work for Pecos."

This decision comes after Aguilera was originally appointed city manager back on July 6th.

Aguilera hadn't told the council about the charge, which was discovered the next day.

Aguilera cited that the charge was later expunged from his record, saying he didn't believe that should have denied him the job.

"It's unfortunate that things that are 12 years old and that no longer exist, they still exist in cyberspace," he said. "Technically, once a record is expunged, it doesn't exist. I really wasn't directly involved in anything that happened. I was accused by the District Attorney. That's why it was expunged from my record, because it really wasn't a major crime."

Council members told NewsWest 9 that Aguilera's qualifications would have made him an ideal city manager, but that controversial part of his past would have made it difficult for the city to move forward.

"Every contract that came up, every hire, every fire, there was always going to be that background issue," Pecos City Council Member, Joe Keese, said. "We thought, just for the better interest of the city that we go ahead and terminate our offer to him and move forward and try to find somebody."

Now the city manager position will be reopened and applications will be taken again.

Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney will continue to serve as interim city manager until a new one is selected.

The council also voted to officially bring on Frederico Reyes as assistant city manager.

Reyes will take office August 1st.