City Announces Leadership Transition at Police Department

PORT ISABEL, Texas The City of Port Isabel today announced that Port Isabel Police Chief Gualberto Gonzalez will be taking medical leave, effective August 8, 2016, to address health issues. Following the completion of his medical leave, the Chief will be retiring from the city.

DSC_7560 A lifelong resident of Port Isabel, Chief Gonzalez has lead the Port Isabel Police Department since 2008. Prior to joining the department, Chief Gonzalez was an investigator with the Cameron County District Attorney's Office under former District Attorney Yolanda de Leon. The chief, whose career began in 1974 at the Port Isabel Police Department, is well-regarded in Port Isabel for his participation in civic activities, including his four decades as announcer for Port Isabel Tarpon Football.

Stated Chief Gonzalez upon announcing his retirement, "This is a bittersweet moment for me. Port Isabel is my hometown, and it has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as police chief. At the same time, all good things have to come to an end, and I have some health issues that I need to take care of. I'm really looking forward to my retirement and the future. I hope to get over these issues and be back in shape for another season of Tarpon Football!" To replace Chief Gonzalez, Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema has appointed Mr. Tony David. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Port Isabel City Commission at its next regular meeting. A retired Texas Ranger, Mr. David currently serves as police chief in the Town of Laguna Vista. Mr. David's law enforcement career began in the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, where he served before moving to the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he first worked as a Highway Patrolman stationed in Port Isabel. Commenting on his appointment, Chief David stated: "I'm so honored to be chosen for this position. Port Isabel was the first city I worked in at DPS, and it is a community that I love. I really look forward to the challenge of leading a department like Port Isabel, that deals with such a variety of issues, and which has broader operations than other small cities' police departments. I also want to thank Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston, the Laguna Vista Town Council and City Manager Rolando Vela for their support during my time with them. I am very sad to leave Laguna Vista, but I felt that it was time to take on a bigger challenge." Chief David's comments were followed by Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema, who stated: "We are very fortunate to have someone of Chief David's caliber join our department. He's a proven leader with a record of innovation and hard work. I know he'll set the right example for our officers, and inspire the confidence of our citizens. I'm very excited about the future of this department and our city. At the same time, I want to thank Chief Gualberto Gonzalez for his dedicated service. He's helped our city deal with difficult issues, aided our citizens when they were in need and worked hard to improve the department. I think it says a lot that even as he plans his retirement, he has continued working on initiatives to help our officers and the public. For example, just yesterday, he presented an item to the City Commission about grant funds he had obtained to furnish all our officers with body cameras. Overall, we are happy for Chief Gonzalez to enjoy his retirement, and very excited for the future of the Police Department."

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