By Juan Montoya
No one knows where Cameron County deputy administrator is or who gave him permission to go there.
All that county administration know is that he Emailed Pct. 3 Commissioner David Garza on Friday afternoon saying he was going to a Texas Department of Transportation Forum in Austin and would return to work on Wednesday.
Well, Wednesday cam along and no David.
His immediate superior in the county also could not tell commissioners where Garcia could be.
Their telephone calls to the forum in Austin yielded no clues to Garcia's whereabouts.
"People from other counties who attended the forum were asking where the representative for Cameron County was," said a county staffer. "They said they hadn't seem him at the forum, either."
Garcia has had the run of the county's travel and personal per diem reimbursals since he was employed with county administration and then as a paid employee with the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority. That was a side gig for Garcia who until recently drew $75,000 annually for his work there.
That was in addition to the $110,000 he received in salary from at least four departments in the county. Until his CCRMA gravy train was cut, he was drawing full pay from the CCRMA and the additional $105,000 from the county departments plus benefits.
Below is his salary with the county today minus the $75,000 from the CCRMA.