Rick Carmona was sworn in as the Terrell Mayor on Tuesday night during the Regular Terrell City Council meeting.

Several family members of Carmona and friends from Terrell joined Carmona during this special occasion.

Outgoing Terrell Mayor D.J. Ory was honored with a framed proclamation and commemorative gavel to honor his longtime service to Terrell.

Grady Simpson was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem and Tim Royse was appointed as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem.

Mayrani Velazquez will begin her tenure on the District 3 Terrell City Council seat on June 4.

The City of Terrell and Terrell City Council cancelled the May 4 regular election for electing the next Mayor of Terrell and declared Rick Carmona as the next Mayor of Terrell.

Carmona was the only candidate to file and was unopposed for Mayor of Terrell.

Ory, did not seek re-election as mayor, a post he has held since 2016.

A lifelong Terrell resident, Carmona graduated from Terrell High School and went on to attend the University of Texas at Arlington. He opened Carmona’s Tex-Mex in 1984, with his famous “Mama Carmona” at his side, sharing family recipes which have become the hallmark for his Tex-Mex cuisine. He built and opened his larger current location at Tanger Outlet Center in 2000.

A former Terrell City Council member, Carmona had most recently served as president of the Terrell Economic Development Corporation. In accordance with the city charter, he resigned from that position so he would be eligible to run for mayor.

In addition to his role as a Council member, Carmona also has served as a board member and executive board member of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. He also has hosted numerous political fundraisers throughout the years for candidates from the local to the national level.

As Terrell’s new mayor, Carmona said he wants to ensure the public of an open government where the people can express their opinions and have access to Council decision making. He believes public input is critical to evaluating how the city can do things better.

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