Kester named new Harlingen Police Chief

Michael Kester

Interim Harlingen Police Chief Michael Kester has been named the new chief.

Kester is a 29 year veteran of the department and began as a patrol officer in 1990.

In a news release posted on Facebook, the city says Kester was part of the department’s executive leadership role for 16 years. He was the second in command under police chief Jeffry Adickes, who retired late last year.

City Manager Serna says Kester worked his way through the ranks and has vast knowledge of the city and a lot of experience in law enforcement.

“Mike’s entire law enforcement career has been in Harlingen. He’s seen the growth of the City, as well as the department, so he knows the strengths and weaknesses which I believe will help him hit the road running. He is also a progressive thinker which will ensure that the officers have the training and tools needed to do the job of a police officer in this day and age.”

Kester will begin his new role as chief on May 15.