The Brownsville Police Chief of police is stepping down. On Tuesday, August 7, Chief Orlando Rodriguez announced his formal retirement.
For some in the department the announcement came as a surprise. The chief’s family says he had been wanting to retire for years.
Chief Orlando Rodriguez says, “Actually today is my last day. I have some vacation I have to burn. As chief you don’t get a chance to take a lot of time off, so it piled up. It’ll be effective September 7th.”
Chief Rodriguez is taking an extended vacation. As he said his official last day is September 7th. An interim chief will be named later this week. City Manager Michael Lopez will hire a fulltime chief in the coming months.