2018-05-16 / Front Page

County building inspector resigns, takes McAllen job

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter

Willacy County Building Inspector Amos Prado was praised Thursday for his service to the county.

Prado has taken a position with the City of McAllen after 4 1/2 years enforcing building and electrical codes, he said.

Leaving Willacy County, where he had a good relationship with officials, was a difficult decision, Prado said.

“I’m going to the City of McAllen,” Prado said. “It’s been ‘Stay, go, stay, go.’ It was hard for me (to decide to leave Willacy County. My mother retired from here.”

His mother, Beatriz Prado, worked at Reber Memorial Library for 33 years, he said.

Building contractors, property owners and operators of 8- liner gaming halls haven’t always been easy to deal with, he said.

“I’ve been called everything in the book,” he told county commissioners. “Sometimes I’ve been threatened. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve just been trying to do a good job for our citizens and to make this a better place.”

County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra has been a great boss and mentor, Prado said in his resignation letter, read by Commissioner Eliberto “Beto” Guerra, who led the meeting in the absence of Aurelio Guerra.

Beto Guerra said the county judge and commissioners have been pleased with Prado’s work in such a difficult job.

“We want to thank you for all your hard work,” Guerra said.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Eddie Gonzales said he also respected Prado’s work and that the county will have to be careful as they select his replacement.

“Please just leave a list of the ongoing (building) projects,” Gonzales said. “Thank you for your service.”

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