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Leck returns as Shiner police chief

By Sonny Long
Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:09 p.m.

Ronnie Leck

Former Lavaca County Judge Ronnie Leck has been named the new police chief in Shiner, a position he has held before.

Leck, who served as police chief in Shiner from 1983 to 1991 as well as in Yoakum from 1992 to 2002, begins his new job on Jan. 16.

"The law enforcement itch is still there," said Leck, who lives in Shiner. "It's in my blood, I guess."

Leck said he didn't expect the opening in Shiner but received support in his decision to apply for police chief when the position became available.

"I had a lot of people encourage me to apply," Leck said. "And my wife gave me her OK, too."

The former U.S. Marine, was selected over five other candidates for the position vacated by the retirement of longtime chief Adam Brunkenhoefer.

"It was an easy choice," said Shiner city councilman Bobby Boehm, who led the police chief search committee. "His experience and background, both in law enforcement and as county judge, made him an exceptional candidate.

"We didn't have any issues with him when he was here before," Boehm said. "I feel like we've made a good choice. He's as straight as they come."

Leck, a 1971 graduate of Yoakum High School, was approved by a unanimous vote of the city council Monday night, said Mayor Fred Hilscher.

Leck was Lavaca County judge from 2003 to 2010.

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