POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 4:17pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 8:13am
EDINBURG- A Upper Valley community has sworn in a new Police Chief. The City of Edinburg welcomed new Police Chief Rolando Castañeda Monday morning. The oath of office ceremony took place at Edinburg Police headquarters. Castañeda said he's thrilled to be part of a strong police force in the Upper Valley.
"I'm humbled by the selection but I'm ready for the new challenge I'm ready to dedicate the police department and the citizens of edinburg as their public servant," said Castañeda.
Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia issued the oath.
"I think we made the right selection today and very happy about that and we hope that the community and the police department--all of our great police officers that are already in place will be very happy with him," said Garcia.
For the first few weeks Castañeda will look into the department and will tackle the weaknesses. Last month the police department came under fire when one of its own 17 year veteran was accused of abusing his power. Robert Alvarez was indicted on eight felony counts in March for violating an inmate, stealing from the police department and lying on his time sheet. The new top cop will make sure that this type of incident won't happened again.
"A way that the citizens can trust the department is for the department to prove to them that they'll do a great job without being compromised that hurt the department but Edinburg is like any other department there's going to be some good apples and some bad apples and we need to handle that and we will handle any problems that we have within the police department," said Castañeda.
Castañeda has over 30 years of law enforcement experience including a stint as a Department of Public Safety trooper and as a narcotics investigator. He was a sergeant for the Texas Rangers before accepting the Edinburg post.