Office of the City Manager

City Manager

Cynthia Raleigh, CPM, MBA

City Hall:  361-972-3605
311 Henderson
Palacios, TX 77465

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. 

-Henry Steele Commager

     The City of Palacios has given me a warm welcome, and for that, I cannot ever be more grateful.  The more time I spend in Palacios, the more I grow to love the community and all it has to offer.  The seawall is my happy place, and if you ever want to find me after hours, chances are I will be there, unwinding through exercise, but you will have to catch me first!  

     When I first came to Palacios, I saw abundant opportunities.  Many told me of the challenges that would be present. Still, I have yet to describe it as anything but a great opportunity, a chance to create a legacy, a possibility to promote change, encourage growth, foster development, and prepare our little town for greatness.  Palacios has so much potential.  I firmly believe that we are on the cusp of something big. It takes some fresh ideas, experience, and a little elbow grease.  

     I am all about leadership and collaboration.  Separately, we can do some, but we can do a lot together.  We are one team; the city, the county, the commissions, the citizens, the organizations, and special groups; we are all one family; we are all Palacios!  

     Please know that my door is always open for concerns, visits, or chats.  I enjoy meeting the members of our community, and I need as much insight, advice, help, and teamwork as we can muster.  Thank you, Palacios, for welcoming me into your city!

Cynthia Raleigh, CPM, MBA

City Manager


Welcome to the City of Palacios’  website. Our site is designed to provide citizens with up-to-date news and information. We hope you will get acquainted with the services we provide, our mayor, council and staff as well as learn about our projects and meetings.

The Office of City Manager serves as the focal point for the executive leadership and direction of the City organization. Our office works closely with the Mayor and City Council to ensure that City programs and operations reflect policy goals and objectives established by the City Council.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to deliver the highest level of service while providing leadership, integrity, and efficiency that promotes the greatest quality of life and public confidence.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the enforcement of all laws and City Ordinances
  • Responsible for the appointment of department heads
  • Recommends to the Council the appointment of members to numerous City boards and commissions
  • Submits the annual budget to the City Council
  • In addition, the City Manager and his staff recommend policies and programs to the City Council and implement Council decisions.

The following list of projects fall under the responsibility of the Office of City Manager:

  • New Water Plant and Well
  • Water and Sewer Line Replacement Program
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
  • New Location for the Relocation of the Fire Station
  • New Pavilion and Education Center
  • Successful CDBG Grant and Other Grant Awards
  • Developing Downtown Streetscape Improvements
  • Park Improvements
  • Constructing Safe to School Sidewalks