Serna unanimous pick for Harlingen city manager

As many — including yours truly — thought would happen, Dan Serna was unanimously selected by the City Commission Wednesday night to be the next Harlingen city manager.
This despite the fact he was the only one of 15 candidates who does not have a college degree and also has never held a top management position before. After being promoted as an assistant manager from a department head position, he recently was named interim city manager, following the resignation of Carlos Yerena.
Yes, Dan came up through the ranks, but the fears by some are that he will serve mainly as a “yes man” to Mayor Chris Boswell and his bunch of commissioners.
Time will tell.
Until then, while keeping a wary eye obn him, we wish him well and hope he can adequately fill the shoes of city manager.
And, please control your temper!

22 comments for “Serna unanimous pick for Harlingen city manager

  1. Dan Fernandez
    October 28, 2015 at 8:19 am

    One thing for sure: if the selection of Dan Serna makes certain frequent bloggers here upset, then he must be the right man for the job! Congrats to Mr. Serna!

  2. Juan J Ortega
    October 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Yes the mayor can use a yes sir type of guy. I hear the mayor is not going to run so maybe he can later try to file paperwork to get the city of Harlingen to hire him as the next city manager .

  3. Former HPD Officer
    October 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Looks like our Mayor Chris Boswell and his puppets got their “Boy” for city manager? Why did the city even bother or waste all the applicants time and effort to apply when micro-manager Mayor knew he wanted a “Boy” for this position? At least our Mayor is consistent in hiring and placing “puppets with no college degree” in positions like this, finance director, police chief, fire chief (I think?) etc… Its good to see our city commissioners still have no back bone in these matters along with “yes men” Nicky, Jesse, Josh, Michael etc….

  4. Former HPD Officer
    October 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    OH, I forgot! Gabe, I guess it didn’t pay off to be that little suck a#$ to our Mayor? You shouldn’t have tried to cut off the Halloween party this weekend and not like the Mayor cares or not about it. I guess four years at UT is not really paying off, huh?

  5. Angry Man
    October 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    No degree, huh, well that explains it, dumb and dumber.

  6. v.tinker shays
    October 28, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I suspect you critics of Mr. Serna are typical, proverbial, mestizo jaibas that can/t stand the thought of one your own succeeding. Mr. Serna may not have a college degree, but he knows the city like the back of his hand. I/ve dealt with him before and found him to be a professional and a gentleman.

    • Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
      October 29, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Teonila Cowo, a representative of the Mestizo culture. Mestizo is the mixture of Europeans (Spanish) and Indian ancestry (Amerindians). It comes from a Spanish word meaning mixed. They are refugees from the Caste War of Yucatan in the Mid-Nineteenth Century.

      “Me suspect Tonto, Great Spirit gives us White Crackers for the purpose of explaining our legacies. Most intelligent v.tinker shays insults us Tejano Warriors with crap spewing from foaming rabid dog mouth.”

      “Aw Kimosabee, Dan Fernandez, must be blood relative to White Cracker Shays. You know great minds think alike!”

      • v.tinker shays
        October 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm

        Man,thus dude must be a raving lunatic!

        • Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
          October 31, 2015 at 8:25 pm

          Naw Dude, it is people like you that classify Hispanics into a category of Mestizos that don’t think your making racist comments. When I classify you White Dudes as Crackers, you should be offended. Dude where are your huevitos to print your real name?

  7. jjr
    October 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Of course they would select him. All they have to do is tell him to jump and he will respond by saying how high? Further proves the good ol’ boy syndrome is alive and well in Harlingen. It also shows the rest of the Valley how Harlingen conducts their leadership and business. Don’t be surprised if some of the applicants cause a stir over being passed over for an unqualified applicant. I hear those investigations can take a few years due to the process of compiling evidence.

    • Dan Fernandez
      October 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Ah, yes … more proof that Mr. Serna is the right man for the job. Gotta love it when the complete nut-jobs chime in.

      • IA
        October 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        So what makes you sane Dan? The rest of the Valley knows how it goes in Harlingen. You are the only nut job lying to yourself because only a lunatic believes their own lies.

      • jjr
        October 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        If you want to be blind to what has happened right before your eyes then so be it but in your case,you are just cheerleading. I assure you DF that others do not fall for it. A nut job does not recognize reality.

        Let’s look at how we are viewed from the rest of the Valley. Take this for example. What he says about how he “likes Harlingen”, that he drives through it on the way to the Island. Do you hear that laughter? And you actually think the rest of the Valley does not know how this town is ran?

        Or could it be that the new CM is just another “token”? He actually says he is the “token” white boy,do you even realize what he is getting at? Nah,like I said,nut jobs do not accept reality and can not deal with the truth.

        • jjr
          November 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm

          Are you going nuts DF? Rocking yourself to and fro with your arms around your legs because you can not handle the truth and can not even compose yourself to refute my comment.

  8. Harlingen Watchman
    October 28, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Like my dad used to say, ” It’s not what you know, but WHO you know, that will get you hired”. It’s like that everywhere. City of Harlingen, HCISD, Harlingen Water works.

    • Angry Man
      October 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      The only people who defend dumb is the people that couldn’t get a college degree themselves, puros burros. But your are right, the fix was in when they said or years of Experience. The city is beginning to remind me of Cameron county where everything goes. Heck the County hires people who can’t read.

      • IA
        October 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

        That is exactly what happened here and a perfect way to put it Harlingen Watchman. People like Dan Fernandez just don’t get it or try to cover it up.

  9. Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
    October 30, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I have known Dan Serna for over twenty years. I don’t always agree with his style but he is 1000 times better than the whining Yerena.

    To Dan Serna: Life sometimes rewards us with great opportunities and this is one for you. The game is a-foot young Sky Walker and now the Empire is yours. In the series, the Emperor is ugly and your a handsome devil in the comparison. But Master Yoda will be looking at you and so balance the Dark Side verses the Brown side. Don’t let us down and Viva La Raza!

    • Red Barchetta
      October 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      I seriously doubt Serna gives a caca about what you think.

      • v.tinker shays
        October 31, 2015 at 9:36 pm


  10. Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
    October 31, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Today there was a lawsuit filed in District Court against the police department and this is Serna’s first test as a capable city manager. Serna will use his own justification of the lawsuit and he won’t know whether or not it has any merits.

    Batter up, Serna and get us to second base because there ain’t no home run here. Mighty Serna is up at the batter’s box and everyone is watching. Strike one or a foul ball. Don’t be manipulated by the owners of the corporate team.

    Pablo stay out of the game because you are only one lousy Vote. The answer to the dilemma is not found in Google Victor so put away the tablet. Thank goodness Danny is part of the failing corporate failing team. Anybody got any Mommy’s breast milk left over?

    I bet a million that this lawsuit will be settled in the grand old tradition of secrecy just like Melissa Boykin’s case against the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce!
    Keep it quiet, the Grand Old KKK still has a headquarters in Harlingen and they still have secret meetings. H-File conspiracy theory #169 develops further!

  11. Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
    November 2, 2015 at 12:45 am

    To Red Boracho and Stinker Hays, you may be right but what about them skeletons in the closet that may be exposed. Birds of a feather flock together!

    In August 2008, after Craig Lonon was fired by the city commission in mutual meeting of the minds except for Kori Marra, Carlos Yerena came on board as the new city manager. Within 2 years, Yerena was given a $50,000 pay raise by the idiot city commission who failed to see Yerena’s true colors. Yerena in his letter of resignation took credit for a lot of accomplishments. But in a matter of bringing forward any accomplishments in the economic specialty that he claimed, he failed this city miserably.

    So the question is what will Dan do in the future? As a student and admirer of Carlos Yerena, what will Dan bring to the table? So how about it grand mamones Red Boracho and Stinker Shays? Like you all said, Dan should not give a SHIT about what I think. But Dan inherited problems and will have to offer solutions.

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