Change of command follows chief’s request to change role

SAN BENITO — Assistant Police Chief Michael Galvan has been named interim chief of the San Benito department.

The change of command comes as Police Chief Martin Morales requested last month to step down from his top administrative position to take on a new role in the department.

Tuesday evening, the San Benito City Commission approved a lieutenant’s position that Morales will fill.

“I expect that this will be a smooth transition of leadership and look forward to continued support from both Mr. Morales and Mr. Galvan,” said City Manager Manuel De La Rosa.

Galvan is a 16-year veteran with the San Benito Police Department, working his way up through the ranks from a rookie officer to the assistant chief’s position.

“This is a challenge and an honor,” Galvan said. “I look forward to working with the police officers and reinforcing our commitment to service to the City of Sana Benito.”

“Galvan is a talented officer with many certifications to his credit,” De La Rosa said.

Galvan also serves as Emergency Management Director for the city, overseeing preparation, response and recovery of disaster that may affect the city.

He coordinates with first-responders including those from emergency medical services, 911, fire department, police department and public works, as well as with surrounding agencies and Cameron County on large- scale events.

The change comes as Morales completes 28 years of service in the department. He served in that role until Galvan’s appointment yesterday morning.

“This comes at Mr. Morales’ request,” De La Rosa said.

“We met to discuss the proposal and he said he wished to step down, but continue to serve the department and city in other capacities. His service is valuable to the city and we know that his experience will continue to help during this transition period.”

Morales said he looks forward to his role as an officer with the department.

“I am happy that the city will allow me to continue serving as a police officer, however I wish to continue pursuing my educational goals and look forward to completing my degree in December,” he said.