Kester named interim police chief
HARLINGEN – Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Staff Michael Kester has been named interim Chief of Police and will assume that role on Dec. 26, until a new chief is selected.
He previously served as interim chief for six months in 2011.
Kester, a 28 year veteran of the Harlingen Police Dept., currently directs the day the day-to-day operations of 139 officers and 35 civilian employees.
He has served in an executive leadership role for more than 15 years, since joining the police department in 1990.
“ Mike has a lot of experience in public safety,” Harlingen City Manager Dan Serna commented in a press release. “I anticipate that it will be a smooth transition as we focus on finding a new leader for the department.”
Kester has a Bachelor ’s of Science from Unity College in Maine and is a graduate of the 53rd Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College.
He and his wife Debi have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Chief of Police Jeffry Adickes’ last official day on the job is Dec. 25.
He announced his retirement earlier this month after being with the department nearly four years.
The position has been posted since Dec. 7 and will remain open until filled.