POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 8:43am
LA JOYA, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Another candidate is running for Hidalgo County Sheriff.
La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez filed paperwork Monday to be on the November ballot.
There are currently five others to be nominated for election this fall, including interim Sheriff Eddie Guerra.
The winner would serve until the current term ends in 2016.
Former Sheriff Lupe Treviño resigned before pleading guilty to money laundering charges.
Hernandez has been in law enforcement for 20 years. He says he has worked at the local, state and federal level of law enforcement.
"For the last four years, I've been paying attention to the crime in Hidalgo County. And we do have a serious situation going on right now with our youth, with our families," Hernandez said. "So we're facing challenges right now in this particular part of Texas. I want to bring change to Hidalgo County."
Hernandez lost to Treviño in the 2012 election. The La Joya Police Department has 18 full-time and reserve officers. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office has up to 800 employees.