HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to officials with the city of Houston, Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with the rest of Houston City Council, confirmed the appointment of Tina Paez Wednesday, as Director of Administrative and Regulatory Affairs for the City of Houston by a unanimous vote.

Paez is the first Hispanic female to hold the office and joins the Mayor’s executive team with more than two decades of experience working for the city.

“I am excited to name Tina as the director of ARA. She has consistently demonstrated a rare ability to apply her extensive institutional knowledge in new situations to deliver fresh ideas,” said Mayor Parker in a statement. “She will be a great leader for the department and help ensure the City of Houston runs as efficiently as possible.”

With experience in organizational management and ten years of service as Deputy Director for the Regulatory Affairs division of ARA,  Paez was responsible for several functional areas including: regulation of electric, natural gas and investor-owned water utilities, cable television franchises and other entities.

“Ms. Paez is a native Texan, with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law in Houston,” added city of Houston officials.

“The Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department manages seven divisions within the City of Houston, the fourth-largest municipality in the United States. Since its inception in 2008, ARA has translated public and private-sector best practices of efficient service delivery and cost-effective business processes to enhance Houston’s city governance and bottom line. ARA business units include: Administrative Services, BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions, Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Insurance Management, Parking Management, and 3-1-1 Help & Information.”

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