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Sonora PD chief to retire, interim chief named
Sonora PD chief to retire, interim chief named
Sonora PD chief to retire, interim chief named

Published on: 07/09/2024

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SAN ANGELO, Texas (Concho Valley Homepage) — The City of Sonora has announced that the chief of the Sonora Police Department will soon retire and be replaced by an interim police chief.

SPD Police Chief Pete Garcia is slated to retire effective July 30. The City said that Garcia decided to "step down from his position to spend more time with his family and pursue personal interests."

According to information gathered from the SPD website, Garcia joined the department on April 18, 2022, by becoming its 11th chief. He worked for years in other law enforcement agencies prior to this role, including two with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, 12 with the Del Rio Police Department, three with the San Felipe Del Rio CISD Police Department and six with the Val Verde County Sheriff's Office.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Sonora," Garcia said.

After Garcia retires, SPD Sgt. Donnie Fernandez will be appointed as the interim chief of police effective Aug. 1. Fernandez will bring 9 years of law enforcement experience and a Master Peace Officer License to the position.

"I am honored to take on this new role and continue the legacy of service that Chief Garcia has established," Fernandez said. "I am committed to maintaining the high standards of our department and ensuring the safety of all residents of Sonora."

The City stated that it will begin the process of finding a permanent chief of police in the coming months. While the search is underway, Fernandez is expected to oversee the department's operations and address public safety concerns.

News Source : https://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/news/local-news/sonora-pd-chief-to-retire-interim-chief-named/

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