Potter County Commissioner Mercy Murguia announces resignation

Potter County Commissioner Mercy Murguia announced Tuesday that she will be stepping down on September 8. Murguia has served the residents of Precinct Two for the past 10 years.

In a statement to High Plains Pundit, Murguia said that she "is incredibly thankful for the trust of her community and the opportunity to represent them in public office." Murguia also said she "is extremely proud of the progress the community has been able to achieve together."

Murguia is a a lifelong resident of Precinct Two, which predominantly includes the East and Northeast sections of the county.  The Commissioner also represents sections of Downtown Amarillo.  The entire precinct is within the city proper of Amarillo, Texas.   

Murguia worked for financial transparency, fiscal responsibility, and community engagement.  Starting in 2017, she continues to serve as Chairwoman for the East Gateway Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 2 (TIRZ 2).  The TIRZ 2 is a $100 million-dollar development in East Amarillo.

She also initiated the City/County Neighborhood Plan with a focus on addressing disadvantages area of the county/city.  The plan is now in its 4th year and has worked in 2 of the 4 identified neighborhoods.  Commission Murguia was awarded the 2018 Elected Officials Award from the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter for this initiative.  The award is significant as it is nontraditional for a County Commissioner to be awarded due to the nature of the planning associations.

Murguia collaborated with local community leaders to bring back the Hispanic Heritage Luncheon now in its 4th year.  In 2015, Cofounder of Breakfast in the Barrio, a monthly community meeting to discuss many issues facing our local community.

In collaboration with county department heads and elected officials, Commissioner Murguia unveiled the new Potter County Annual Report which was highlighted in County Progress as an effort to continue transparency efforts.  Potter County is in its fifth year as a designee from the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle for its transparency efforts.

Murguia founded Potter County Government Day.  An initiative to engage local area high school students into county government and provide a day in the life.  With the support from the Potter County Commissioner’s Court, county elected officials and a county committee, the county is planning for the 6th Annual Potter County Government Day in 2019.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude.   She has over 22 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and business sector.  She is a prior member of the Amarillo YMCA Board of Directors, United Way, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Texas Leadership Women Board of Directors.  She is a current member of Los Barrios de Amarillo Executive Committee, Texas Association of Counties Executive Leadership Council, Amarillo Local Government Corporation, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and United Way Board of Directors.

Murguia has been recognized by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce – Top 20 under 40 Award Recipient, Distinguished Alumni of Caprock High School, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains Women of Distinction Connect Award, Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce Woman of Leadership, Amarillo Business Women Leader, and the Public Elected Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.  She has also served as a keynote motivational speaker for middle and high school students.  Invited & Attended the Texas Local Leaders White House Conference in Washington, DC.  The conference allowed a discussion of local issues to the highest level of government.  In particular, concern with accurate counting in the 2020 Census.

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