The City Attorney and the Legal Department serve as the Chief Legal Advisors to the City of Harlingen, a home rule municipality organized under the Texas Constitution and the laws of the State of Texas.


              The Legal Department serves as advisor and counselor to the Mayor and City Commissioners, as well as to the City Manager and all executive management department heads. In addition, the Legal Department serves as legal advisor to certain boards appointed by the City Commission.


              The Legal Department represents the City and its officials in court proceedings, in arbitrations, and before administrative agencies. The City Attorney oversees prosecutions in Municipal Court, and supervises the work of specialized attorneys hired by the City to handle special projects on behalf of the City.


                Communications to the Legal Department should be directed to Ms. Neri Duran, Legal Assistant, at the telephone number or email address indicated below.

Ricardo J. Navarro 

City Attorney

Texas Bar No. 14829100

Robert L. Drinkard
Assistant City Attorney:
Texas Bar No. 24007128

Rebecca S. Hayward
Assistant City Attorney:
Texas Bar No. 24080709

John-Michael Hayward
Assistant City Attorney:
Texas Bar No. 24087693

Allison Bastian

Assistant City Attorney:

Texas Bar No. 240061107


Neri Duran 
Executive Secretary 

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