Yorktown police chief submits resignation

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

April 19, 2017 at 10:57 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at midnight

Randall Snyder

Randall Snyder   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

Yorktown Chief of Police Randall Snyder has turned in his resignation after less than two months on the job.

"It's a personal career decision, and the city has been very supportive," he said Wednesday.

The Yorktown City Council is expected to accept Snyder's resignation during its Monday meeting. The council is also expected to discuss how it will fill the position.

Mayor Rene Hernandez said Snyder turned in his resignation April 13, and will be taking a job in the Harlingen area.

"He is not leaving because he can't handle the job," Hernandez said. "He is leaving because the job he is taking has an increase in salary."

From the time Snyder started as chief March 1 to now, he made changes to the department.

He planned on developing an adequate training program for officers and was able to manage and maintain the stability of the office.

Snyder made changes to the uniforms to make patrol officers more approachable. They now wear dark polo shirts and khaki pants.

There were also plans for the department to host a community outreach program, where families and children would be able to meet patrol officers in a picnic-like environment.

"I am disappointed because he was really good for the city of Yorktown," Hernandez said. "But I can't fault him for bettering himself and his family."

Snyder did not want to release more details on his decision and future plans until he meets with the City Council.

Hernandez said the City Council will discuss whether they will have an interim chief or hire a new chief from within the department.

Hernandez said that, with whatever decision is made, he hopes the new chief continues the good work.

"He was doing great things for the city and turning the department around to a positive direction," he said. "I hope to continue to move forward in that direction with a new candidate."



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