No interim chief hired; council 'didn't discuss' post during closed session


Fort Stockton City Manager Frank Rodriguez has not appointed an interim police chief, nor has the vacant position been posted internally or externally as of Wednesday, July 10.

The chief of police position has been vacant since Rodriguez terminated Ryan Skelton performance on June 19.

Sara Mata, the city's human resources manager, confirmed in an email that the vacant chief of police post has not been posted.

“I have not been authorized at this time by the city manager, to post the chief position externally or internally,” Mata wrote on Wednesday, July 10.

Multiple sources told The Pioneer last week the City Attorney Jesse Gonzales was being considered by Rodriguez for the position and could be hired as early as Monday, July 8.

The agenda for the Tuesday, July 9 Fort Stockton City Council meeting – released Friday, July 5 – included a executive session item entitled “Deliberation regarding Duties of City Attorney Jesse Gonzales, Jr.”

The council did meet in closed session, but took no action on the item, nor commented on it upon its return to open session.

During the media question portion of the council meeting, The Pioneer asked for clarification on the current duties of the city attorney and police chief.

"We don't have an interim police chief right now," said Mayor Chris Alexander. "We didn't discuss the police chief – all we did was talk about the duties of the city attorney and nothing has changed in that area."