Rio Grande River flowing from fields to distant city

City of Rio Grande

... if you drink the water from the Rio Grande, you'll always return for more.

Albert Gates

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As Rio Grande City Administrator, Leonardo Olivares served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the municipality, and enforced the laws of the City and required the faithful performance of all administrative duties.

Duties and Responsibilities included:

  • Managing the daily operations and long-term development of a rapidly urbanizing community of 20,000 that serves as the regional center for approximately 100,000.

  • Leading economic development efforts through heritage and eco-tourism for one of the nation's most historic communities.

  • Obtaining state and national recognition in print and electronic media.

  • Securing approximately $50.0 million initial investment for water and wastewater infrastructure from federal and state agencies.

  • Managing $7.6 million municipality with nearly 100 employees.

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Ariel view of Rio Grande City & Rio Grande River

​Major Accomplishments

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Historic downtown Rio Grande City Main Street