HARLINGEN, TX — Harlingen Police Chief Tom Whitten will leave his post effective Dec. 6 to accept a law enforcement position in El Paso where his 13-year-old son lives.
“I have enjoyed my time immensely working for, and with, this beautiful community,” Whitten wrote in his letter of resignation. “… it is with a heavy heart that I leave this organization and community that I have come to appreciate so deeply.”
Whitten said that he plans to assist the city and the police department in the transition process as it prepares to hire his successor. He noted that the city is “in great hands” with the leadership of Mayor Chris Boswell, the city commissioners, city manager, city attorney, department directors and the police personnel.
Boswell and City Manager Carlos Yerena said the city regrets losing Whitten, but they understand his family commitment and praised the department’s accomplishments under his leadership. “On behalf of Harlingen citizens, I want to thank Mr. Whitten for his dedication and commitment he demonstrated as police chief. His efforts are responsible for a lower crime rate and good community relations for the police department,” the mayor said.