Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno was honored with a dinner on Nov. 30. His 35-year career at Alice Police Department will come to an end in mid-December - and so the search for his replacement kicks into high gear. The search for the next Police Chief of Alice is one step closer, with the closing of the application process Monday afternoon.
The search, performed by Strategic Government Resources of Keller, Texas, resulted in 54 complete application packages being submitted for the City of Alice position.
"Tommy Ingram, the senior vice president of SGR, is a retired police chief, so he has a unique perspective on our search," City Manager Ray De Los Santos Jr. said. "He reported that a total of 54 applications had been submitted to his company from 18 different states. Those are phenomenal results for Alice."
De Los Santos said during the month of December, SGR, administration and members of the advisory committee will narrow the field of candidates by reviewing the entire packet of each candidate.
"We will then do one or two rounds of interviews on Skype," De Los Santos said. "By January, we hope to narrow the field down to two to four semifinalists, who we will invite with their spouses to meet the community."
De Los Santos said the City is not just looking for a well-qualified candidate.
"We are looking for the best fit for the City of Alice at this time," De Los Santos said. "The right candidate will have accomplishments in the law enforcement profession in the fields of unions, collective bargaining and strategic planning for anti-narcotic and anti-gang."
De Los Santos expressed his gratitude to outgoing Chief Daniel Bueno for his dedication to stay on at the department until the end of the year.
"He has continued to conduct operations that have resulted in over 100 arrests," De Los Santos said. "We have dependable, well-positioned individuals, including our Assistant Police Chief Albert Martinez."
The search for the new chief isn't the only employment activity taking place. De Los Santos said five new officers have been added to the department since July.
"We will be conducting more entry-level officer testing in December," De Los Santos said. "Our police force is continuing to expand, along with the growth of our city."
Previously, De Los Santos praised Chief Bueno for his forward thinking of the department above his own desires.
"Several months ago, Chief Bueno confided in me that he and his family were considering his retirement. Throughout our conversations we discussed the future of the department and he committed to forego his personal plans and stay with the Department through the remainder of this calendar year," De Los Santos said. "Although I understand and accept his decision, the loss of his presence and leadership will be sorely felt. As City Manager, I appreciate his service and diligent work. As a colleague, I admire the manner in which he approaches, considers and executes decisions most would find overwhelming. As a citizen, I am thankful for the personal sacrifices he and his family have made for this community."
The application package that each candidate received said the new chief "will need to establish strong leadership for the department and assimilate in a highly political environment."
The salary range for the new chief will range from $85,000 to $100,000, depending on qualifications and experience.