On December 9, 1974 Delia Ortiz was hired at the Laredo Housing Authority. Gerald Ford was president, Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas was the Number 1 song on the billboard chart, and she began her career as a clerk typist. Moving up the ranks, Ms. Ortiz ultimately achieved the positon of CQI Specialist in 2009. During her 42 years with the Laredo Housing Authority, she witnessed the development of Ana Ma. Lozano, Meadow Acres, Meadow Elderly, South Laredo and Farm Labor. Ms. Ortiz has been an essential part of the agency’s growth and achieved certifications in Public Housing Rent Calculations and Housing Authority Liability and Safety.

Six presidents, six mayors and five executive directors later, Mr. Ortiz is calling it a career. We thank Ms. Ortiz for her service, dedication, and loyalty to the Laredo Housing Authority and wish her a long life, health, and happiness.

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