Retiring: Port Isabel police chief announces decision

PORT ISABEL — Chief of Police Gualburto “Wally” Gonzalez turned in his badge and had already laid his guns down before he announced his retirement at a press conference yesterday.

“I have some health issues that I need to take care of,” Gonzalez, said. “I am really looking forward to my retirement and the future.”

Port Isabel city manager Jared Hockema has appointed retired Texas Ranger Tony David as Gonzalez’s replacement.

Currently, David serves as police chief in the Town of Laguna Vista.

Gonzalez served as police chief of Port Isabel since 2008.

Gonzalez’s retirement is effective in October. However, he will be on medical leave and taking advantage of the vacation time he has accrued.

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