By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
Although sad to see him go, the South Padre Island City Council recognized retiring Assistant Chief of Police Javier Garza for his 30 years of dedicated service at their regular meeting Wednesday evening. Garza began his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher in the 1980s and worked his way up to assistant chief, where he has served an important role in maintaining the safety of the community for the past 10 years.
Family and friends attended the meeting to support Garza, giving thanks and recognition for his faithful service. He was presented with framed badges and a plaque, along with a proclamation of gratitude and acknowledgement from State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. which was delivered by former Councilman Sam Listi.
After the proclamation and thanks from the City, Garza thanked the City for the opportunity he had been given many years before. He spoke a few words of gratitude, saying, “I have worked and dedicated my life to the City for 30 some years. I wear this uniform with pride everytime I put it on. It has been my honor and my pleasure to represent the City and the citizens for these 30 years.”
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