Esmeralda Hudson was appointed City Secretary on December 16, 2014. Prior to becoming City Secretary, she served as Assistant City Secretary for 8 years. Her first day as City Secretary was March 1, 2015.
Esmeralda graduated from Baylor University in 1999 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and in January 2011 she earned her Texas Registered Municipal Clerks Certification.
Esmeralda has been an active member of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association (TMCA) since 2007 and has served on the TMCA Executive Board’s Audit and Strategic Plan ad hoc Committees.She is a TMCA Election Law Seminar facilitator and a current member of the Central Texas Chapter of Municipal Clerks. Esmeralda is a graduate of the 2007 City of Waco Leadership Class and 2013 Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Leadership Waco Class.
Esmeralda currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Waco Foundation’s Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leaders and is a trained facilitator for the LeadershipPlenty Institute, a nationally recognized program of Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Inc.
Esmeralda was raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where she graduated from La Joya High School before moving to Waco. She and her Husband, Andrew, live in Waco and have two children, Isabella and Autumn. Her family attends Fellowship Bible Church of Waco where she has served as a Junior Youth Leader.
About the City Secretary's Office
The City Secretary's Office provides citizens with information and implements requests for city services; attends and prepares official minutes of the city council meetings, conducts city elections, coordinates boards and commissions, various licenses and permits, directs the function of the City Switchboard/Information Desk, and oversees the Records Management Program.
Provides a representative to answer all incoming calls to the main phone number of the City, answers questions, direct visitors; public notary services, bilingual services, and partnerships with various city departments in office staffing to provide a wide variety of cross training in departmental areas.
Provides a full service center of reference and research services, document retrieval, coordinating microfilm, inventory and destruction of inactive records, and management of archival records, technical reports and historical mementos.