Rodriguez announces plans to run for sheriff

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Longtime lawman Robert Rodriguez has announced plans to run for Cameron County Sheriff in the 2016 election, he told the PRESS during an exclusive interview.

Rodriguez, who served as the chief of police for the City of South Padre Island for almost a decade — with 25 years on the force in total — and who now owns a private investigation firm, says he still feels a calling to serve his community via law enforcement. “I miss what I did, and what I did, I think, I did well,” he said. “This is an opportunity for me to get back into the criminal justice system, or law enforcement, and utilize some of my expertise,” to give back to the community, he said.

Part of that expertise comes from Rodriguez’s track record for maintaining positive working relationships across various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, he said. “Law enforcement is more a regional concept type thing, you know? We all help each other out. Whether it’s the municipal level, the county level, state or federal, we all need to work together,” he said, adding that he worked to create interagency cooperation during Spring Break planning sessions.

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