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City selects top cop
ELMENDORF -- Michael Pimentel has been selected as the new chief of the Elmendorf Police Department. The city council, at its Feb. 21 meeting, selected him from four finalists.
City Administrator Cody Dailey said following the meeting that Pimentel was among approximately 28 applicants who sought to succeed former police Chief Sonny Gonzales, who resigned at the end of December after less than six months on the job. Dailey said Pimentel served as the detective investigator and the interim police chief for the city of Mathis, and served as chief of police for the San Antonio and Brownsville independent school districts.
Also during the meeting, the council voted to accept a donation of approximately 64 loads of recycled asphalt from the Texas Department of Transportation. Dailey said that the city now must find someone to move the material to a stockpile location; the city is willing to trade up to five loads of the recycled asphalt as payment. The material, he said, will be applied to gravel roads to reduce dust and to create a smoother driving surface.
In other action, the council:
•Voted to request that CPS Energy install a streetlight at the intersection of First Avenue and 10th Street, after a citizen complained the intersection is too dark. Dailey encourages citizens to continue to bring such issues to the council’s attention.
•Voted to renew individual health insurance coverage for the city’s seven full-time employees. The fully funded plan will cost the city $281.33 per employee, per month --a total of $23,631.72 per year.
•Voted to order a municipal election for May 11, in which voters will choose candidates to fill alderman places 1, 2, and 4, which currently are occupied by Richard Rodriguez, R. M. “Andy” Anderson, and Tommy Hicks, respectively.
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