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City of Edinburg names new police chief

4 weeks 18 hours 9 minutes ago Friday, August 27 2021 Aug 27, 2021 August 27, 2021 8:02 PM August 27, 2021 in News - Local

The city of Edinburg named its new police chief on Friday. 

Arlington Assistant Police Chief Jaime Ayala is expected to join the Edinburg Police Department in October, according to a news release from the city. 

Ayala, an Edinburg native, has been with the Arlington Police Department for 32 years. In 1983, Ayala started as a volunteer reserve officer and then dispatcher with the Edinburg Police Department. 

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“Extremely excited and honored to have an opportunity to come back to Edinburg and be a part of a great police department with great employees who serve their community day in and day out," Ayala said in a statement. "It takes special people to choose this line of work and to keep serving during the difficult times law enforcement has faced in recent years. I look forward to being a part of this executive team and leading those who chose a profession in public service."

Ayala's hiring comes after a comprehensive selection process with the assistance of executive recruiting firm, Strategic Government Resources. 

“Through this process and the assistance of SGR, the City was able to conduct a vast search resulting in a qualified pool of applicants from all over the nation," City Manager Ron Garza said in a statement. "We are fortunate to have found a candidate with his caliber-immense qualifications, professionalism, and a reputation as a senior leader in the city of Arlington, which has a lot of similarities to the growth that Edinburg is experiencing. Ayala is coming from a professionally run, highly credentialed and highly regarded law enforcement agency. His big city perspective and skillset will be an asset to Edinburg.”

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