Martin Cepeda

Martin Cepeda

Mayor

  • Bio

    Mayor Martin Cepeda

    Martin Cepeda was born in McAllen, Texas on June 29, 1963.
    Martin has lived in the City of Hidalgo since he was born.
    Martin attended Hidalgo school district and graduated from Hidalgo High School in 1980 at the age of 16.

    Martin attended Pan American University in Edinburg and earned 56 hours of credit.  He was hired by the Hidalgo police department in 1981 and became a police officer, where he was the youngest cadet at the age of 18.

    In all, Martin Cepeda has over thirty (30) years of experience in law enforcement.  He worked with immigration and U.S. Customs.  Martin also worked for the Texas alcoholic and beverage commission and presently works for the county of hidalgo as chief fraud investigator at the auto license division

    Martin Cepeda has served his community in many ways.  He was elected to the Hidalgo school board in 1989 and served for 23 years.  Martin served 10 years as school board president.  During his term as school board president, Hidalgo school district was recognized several times for being one of the best districts in Texas.  Hidalgo school district was recognized in the top twenty nationally.

    In 2012 Martin ran for City of Hidalgo mayor.  Mayor Cepeda won his election and has served as mayor since then.  Mayor Cepeda, has begun to oversee major changes as our mayor, as new projects and businesses have come to hidalgo.  Hidalgo now has a Wal-Mart, Little Cesar’s Pizza, Fred Loya Insurance, 2nd Whataburger and a Buffalo Wings and Rings.  Mayor Cepeda is currently working on a 1.5 million dollar drainage project for the northwestern part of the community.  Mayor Cepeda has spearheaded this effort by combining a partnership between the county of hidalgo drainage district, precinct 2 Commissioner Eddie Cantu, and the City of Hidalgo.  While on a recent visit to Washington D.C., Mayor Cepeda reinforced another drainage project in the old town site, which will work to better drain that area.  This project is estimated to cost 1.25 million dollars.  The mayor is currently working with Texas Department of Transportation and Precinct 2 for the expansion and improvements of Dicker Road and other street projects.

    Mayor Cepeda serves on the Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation board.  The HEDC is currently working on bringing new businesses to Hidalgo.

    Mayor Cepeda also serves on the Hidalgo Urban County Advisory Board and on the Hidalgo Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Mayor Cepeda is also a board member of the McAllen and Hidalgo bridge board; the policy and administrative structure for the international crossings at hidalgo and Anzalduas.

    Most recently mayor Cepeda took the lead in support of a multi-family residential project which will be part of a master planned development.  The residential component alone will infuse a 20 million dollar investment into the City of Hidalgo.

    The State Farm Arena will continue to provide quality entertainment for the community, the Rio Grande valley and our Southern neighbors.  Mayor Cepeda is working on plans to ensure the continued success of this facility.

    Mayor Cepeda is a city leader and a person of great vision for the City of Hidalgo.
    Martin Cepeda married November 8, 1985 to Anna Cepeda and they have one son Martin Mauricio Cepeda who was born on January 19, 1993.

    Anna Cepeda works for Valley View ISD as an Instructional Specialist at the High School and has been there since 1990.

    Mauricio Cepeda graduated from Valley View ISD in May 2012.

    Martin Cepeda was born in McAllen, Texas on June 29, 1963. His family moved to Hidalgo in 1965.

    Martin Cepeda has lived in Hidalgo for 47 years and attended all his schooling at Hidalgo ISD and graduated from Hidalgo High School in 1980 at the age of 16.

    Was hired by the Hidalgo Police Department as a dispatcher in 1981 and at the age of 18 was the youngest police cadet at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Police Academy. Graduated from the Academy and worked for Hidalgo Police for 2 years and went to work for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office as a Deputy in 1984. While working for the police department attended part-time Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas and to this date have earned a total of 56 college hours and hold a Master Peace officers License in Law Enforcement.  From 1988 to 1992 worked part-time for the U.S. Customs and Immigration at the Port of Entry in Hidalgo and also serves as a Volunteer Fireman in Hidalgo.

    In 1985 was hired by the State of Texas as an Inspector with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission at the Port of Entry in Hidalgo and worked for the State for 12 years.  In 1998 was hired to work for the office of the County Judge in Hidalgo County and have worked for the County since then and now hold the position of Chief Investigator for the County of Hidalgo Motor Vehicle Fraud Department.

    In 1989 ran for the position of School Board Member in Hidalgo School District and won to serve for the next twenty three years after being constantly re-elected as Trustee.  He served for six consecutive years as Board President. In May 2012, he ran for position of Mayor for the City of Hidalgo and won against three other opponents.

    Martin Cepeda holds numerous certifications in the field of Law Enforcement which has been his career for 32 years now.


At each regular election a Mayor shall be elected for a term of four (4) years. The Mayor shall be a member of the City Council and shall preside at meetings of the City Council, represent the City in intergovernmental relationships, appoint, with the advice and consent of the City Council, members of citizen advisory boards and commissions, to include, but not limited to a Zoning Commission, a Planning Commission, and a Board of Adjustments, present an annual State of the City message, and perform other duties specified by the City Council.

“I am honored to represent the City of Hidalgo as its Mayor and I take the responsibility of the job very seriously. Our government is accountable to all the residents of this great city and we must be aware of the needs and goals of the taxpayers and we must make the decisions necessary to continue to move this City forward in a positive, productive, and fiscally responsible manner.”  – Mayor Martin Cepeda

The Mayor shall be recognized as head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law but shall have no administrative duties. The City Council shall elect one (1) of its members as Mayor Pro-Tem who shall perform the duties of Mayor in the absence or temporary inability of the Mayor to perform the duties of office, and who shall for such time be vested with all of the powers belonging to the Mayor. In the case of the absence of both the Mayor and the Mayor Pro-Tem, the remaining Council members shall select one (1) of their members to act in the place of the Mayor. The Mayor Pro-Tem shall be selected after each election and shall serve for a period to be determined by the City Council. The Mayor Pro-Tem is subject to removal as Mayor Pro-Tem at any time by a majority vote of the entire City Council.