Victoria County hires new chief deputy

  • Meet and greet

  • The Victoria County Sheriff's Office is inviting the community to meet its new deputy chief.

    • WHAT: Deputy Chief Jeffrey Wendling

    • WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

    • WHERE: Victoria County Sheriff's Office, 101 N. Glass St.

After a 10-month vacancy, the Victoria County Sheriff's Office filled the open chief deputy position and is inviting the community to meet him.

Chief Jeffrey Wendling, who most recently served as Socorro Police Department chief, will be sworn into office Monday afternoon. A meet-and-greet with the public is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Sheriff's Office.

Wendling holds more than 44 years of service, starting his career as a Unites States deputy marshal. He has been recognized for excellence while working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and for his development of Kerrville Police Department's communications system by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"It's an honor to have the opportunity to join Sheriff O'Connor as we continue to build a law enforcement agency that is better equipped to meet today's public safety challenges," Wendling said. "O'Connor has provided the vision and leadership over the last nine years, and I look forward to our future accomplishments together."