Several Interested in Harlingen Police Chief Opening

Several People Want to Replace Harlingen Police Chief Danny Castillo

HARLINGEN–Seventeen candidates  from Texas, Kansas and California are interested in becoming the next Harlingen Police Chief.

A retirement ceremony will be held for Danny Castillo on Tuesday who was forced out of his position by new Harlingen City Manager Carlos Yerena after serving more than a decade in his post.

The job was posted a few weeks ago and so far seventeen have applied with a variety of law enforcement experience.

Ernesto Velasco, of Harlingen, now Willacy Detention Center warden
David Martinez, of Brownsville, now a Port Isabel Police Department patrolman
Alvaro Garcia, of Harlingen, now Palm Valley police chief
Lawrence Watson, of Harlingen, now a senior investigator for the U.S. Immigration Service
Carlos Cantu, of Harlingen, now a U.S. Army National Guard battle captain
Ricardo Flores, of San Luis, Ariz., now San Luis, police

Daniel, of Casa Grande, Ariz., deputy police chief
Ramiro Rodriguez, of Brownsville, Brownsville police commander

Baldemar Flores, of Mission, now Alton police chief
Don Duncan, of Harlingen, now director of security and safety at Valley Baptist Medical Center
Antonio Ford, of Houston, now Cleveland ISD police chief
Rolando Castañeda, of Laguna Vista, now a Texas Ranger lieutenant
Jeff Craig, of Los Alamitos, Calif., Long Beach police deputy chief
Rodney Harrison, of Nederland, Orange County, Texas, chief deputy, Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Michael McConnell Sr., of Horizon City, Horizon chief of police
Robert Doepp, of Elkhart, Kan., now undersheriff, Morton County, Kan., Sheriff’s Department.
Jesse Peña, of Lubbock, now Lubbock-Cooper ISD director of emergency management

City officials said the position will remain open until filled. It’s expected the city manager will name a committee to select a candidate.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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