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City names interim police chief

September 18, 2018

The City of Brownsville has named a longtime police officer as interim chief of the Brownsville Police Department.

Effective Monday, James Paschall will serve as interim police chief of the department.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of James Paschall as Interim Police Chief of the Brownsville Police Department. Paschall’s commitment to the department will be an asset as he oversees administrative operations,” interim City Manager Michael L. Lopez said in a press release. “The City of Brownsville is currently accepting internal applications for the position of police chief, [sic] we look forward to reviewing the applications from the excellent selection of candidates.”

Paschall first joined the Brownsville Police Department in 1989. Four years later, he was promoted to sergeant and in 2001 he was again promoted, this time to lieutenant. Paschall has been serving as a commander since September 2010.

Paschall is currently in charge of the Brownsville Police Department Support Services Command, which includes the city jail, communications, records, fiscal management, evidence, supplies, and I.T. divisions.

Former Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez retired on Aug. 7 after 36 years with the department.

Former City Manager Charlie Cabler initially appointed Rodriguez as interim chief in December 2011, following the resignation of former chief Carlos Garcia, who now serves as chief for the Port of Brownsville Police Department.

After Rodriguez retired, the Brownsville Police Department announced that Commander David Dale would serve as acting chief as the department transitioned to new leadership.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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