Goliad loses city official to Oklahoma town

The Goliad city administrator is moving to Guthrie, Okla. to take a similar job.

On Tuesday, the council accepted Sereniah Breland's resignation and named an interim Tuesday night.

Breland, who submitted her resignation on Sept. 11, said she is excited about the move to be city manager of Guthrie.

"I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to serve the city of Goliad and look forward to exciting adventures in Oklahoma," she said.

Mayor Jay Harvey said they accepted her resignation at the meeting Tuesday and named Larry Zermeno, chief financial officer, as the interim city administrator.

"He has done a fine job as the financial officer and he is already working for the city. He is somewhat familiar with the duties of the job, and we thought he would be a great choice for us," Harvey said.

The city will accept applications for the position through Oct. 19. The city will function normally until they fill the position, the mayor said.

"We weren't really surprised she decided to move on," Harvey said. "We have a good qualified staff who can step up and fill the void temporarily until we can find a replacement," Harvey said. "Things will keep running pretty smoothly."

Breland's last day in the office is Sept. 27, though she said she will be available by phone and email until Oct. 16.

She said some of the things she is most proud in Goliad include decreasing solid waste rates for customers and increasing funding for the fire department.