Taking an oath: Diaz in charge as new La Feria chief

LA FERIA — Cesar Diaz knows a lot about breaking though doors as a law enforcement officer trying to catch the bad guys.

And as the old adage goes when one door closes another one opens.

That was the case for Diaz as he took over the top law enforcement job in La Feria yesterday.

“I lost my re-election (as constable) in the March Democratic race, and when the chief told me he was retiring, I applied for the position,” Diaz said. “I come with the experience and the knowledge of the area and I think that’s what helped me get the job.”

Diaz was sworn in as the new police chief for the City of La Feria Police Department in the company of many family, friends, residents and law enforcement personnel.

The swearing in ceremony took place at the La Feria city commission meeting room.

“I think this new chief is awesome,” said Delores Fuller, 82, a resident of La Feria. “Look at what he as done all these years – he’s going to do a great job.”

Diaz served as the elected Constable for Precinct 5, Cameron County since 2001. Prior to that he was with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department for eight years.

City Manager Sunny Philip said Diaz comes to the department with a wealth of law enforcement and administrative experience.

“He will be able to lead the police department and make sure that our officers are safe and they are trained well,” Philip said. “The people will be able to count on the protection and security.”

Diaz takes over as Chief of Police following the retirement of Chief Donato Garcia. Chief Garcia retired after 27 years of service to the La Feria Police Department, serving as Chief since 2001.

“I’m going to come in and meet the officers and look at everything and make some changes,” Diaz said. “I’m going to make sure the officers for the City of La Feria make good decisions and are prepared and trained to serve and protect the community.”