POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 8:56am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:41am
HARLINGEN, TX — The Harlingen City Commission ratified the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Steve Mayer as interim police chief today based upon the recommendation of City Manager Carlos Yerena.
Mayer has served Harlingen as a police officer since 1989. He earned a promotion to sergeant in 2005 and received the appointment to assistant chief of police in 2010.
Mayor Chris Boswell said that he’s confident the police department and Mayer will provide an ongoing high level of safety and protection for citizens as the city undergoes the transition process to find and hire a new police chief.
Mayer is certified as a master peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. During his time away from the department, Mayer is pursuing a degree in Police Administration and Management and he has completed 114 college hours toward that goal. He has worked for HPD in capacities as a patrol officer, detective, motorcycle traffic officer, narcotics K-9 handler and community policing officer.
Whitten resigned Dec. 6 to accept a law enforcement position in El Paso, where he will live close to his 13-year-old son.