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La Joya police chief resigns

La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez resigned Friday, Jan. 16, effective immediately after a year on the job.

City Manager Mike Alaniz said Hernandez first approached him about stepping down a month ago and Alaniz was hoping the chief would fulfill his year commitment.

20150123 La-Joya-Police-Chief-Geovani-HernandezHernandez, who has twice made a run for Hidalgo County sheriff, plans to concentrate on personal business opportunities and his political career. He’s planning a third campaign for sheriff in 2016.

“It was sad to see him leave because we wish him the best,” Alaniz said.

Lt. Raymond Gonzalez has been named interim chief in the wake of Hernandez’s absence, and Alaniz said the city would hold off on naming a permanent chief.

Alaniz said Gonzalez has a college degree and, if given the opportunity, would reassess the department.

“We’re most definitely going to give him all the support,” Alaniz said.

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