Laredo Police Chief Carlos Maldonado makes some major changes within his department
Jan 9, 2009
Jan 9, 2009
Blinds were drawn and doors were shut at the Laredo Police Department's headquarters tonight. In a closed door meeting that lasted almost two hours... There was a major shake-up tonight. Police Chief Carlos Maldonado tonight re-assigning and promoting certain high-ranking officials within the department. When the smoke cleared our Cynthia Cano sat down with the chief to discuss some of the major changes he is making within his administration. She starts off our team coverage tonight. "There were some re-assignments. I wouldn't call them demotions. I would call them re-assignments." Police Chief Carlos Maldonado made some major changes within his department tonight. Three of the previous administration's high-ranking officers were re-assigned to their previous posts. Chief Carlos Maldonado - Laredo police department "The gentlemen, the people that have been re-assigned--you know what?--they're good people. There's nothing wrong with them. They're very good people, very professional. But they were with the previous administration and the chief selected them because he was very comfortable with them. That's chief's prerogative. I'm the chief now. And it's chief's prerogative to select his staff." --Chief Fructoso San Miguel was re-assigned and will begin serving as second lieutenant. --Chief Eugenio Moncivais was also re-assigned and will be serving as second sergeant. --Chief Ivan Perez will be serving as second captain. Among the promotions: --Captain Jesus Torres was promoted and re-assigned to assistant chief. --Captain G.E. Martinez will be serving as deputy chief. -- Lieutenant Guillermo Perez will also serve as deputy chief. All those reassigned will lose pay. All those promoted will gain pay. Chief Maldonado says he is looking at these changes from a positive perspective... and says he is now going to focus on re-structuring and moving the organization forward. "My hope and my point in all of this is really moving forward, getting past allot of the other events that have taken place over the last year. Let's move forward. I'm looking very optimistically into the future and I really think we have an opportunity to really do some good things."