Roberto Arredondo Jr. has been selected as the new police chief for the Victoria Police Department.
“I look forward to working alongside the hardworking, dedicated and professional men and women of the Victoria Police Department, the city of Victoria and the Victoria community,” said Arredondo, 46, in a city news release.
Arredondo, who serves as a major for the Dallas Police Department, is expected to begin work with the city Nov. 30, according to the release.
The search for a new police chief began earlier this year after former Chief J.J. Craig, who had served in the role since 2011, announced he was resigning to take a job as the police chief in Richmond.
Craig, who said he was proud to have been a part of the Victoria community, left in June.
The city worked with executive recruitment firm Strategic Government Resources to find candidates to fill the position, and received 53 applications from candidates in 22 states.
Three finalists, including Arredondo, came to Victoria in September for a meet-and-greet attended by city and law enforcement officials as well as a formal panel interview and other private meetings. The other two finalists were George Austin Jr., chief of police for the city of Milton, Ga., and Vernell Dooley Jr., chief of police for the city of Glenn Heights.
During the meet-and-greet, Arredondo said immersing himself in the community would be among his top concerns in Victoria. Noting the recent nationwide calls for police reform, Arredondo said he would work to build a foundation of trust with the community through long-lasting relationships.
“We’ve got to get back to being the good guys again, and that’s going to require us building that foundation, immersing ourselves in the community and adding more than just calling and answering,” he said during the meet-and-greet event.
The announcement that Arredondo was selected as the sole finalist came Friday.
“Robert is highly qualified to lead our police team,” City Manager Jesús Garza said in the news release. “He has a robust record of law enforcement experience and a strong background in all areas of police operations, and he is an engaging, visionary servant leader. We are proud of the work our police department does every day and know that Robert’s experience and leadership will be a great asset to the city and our community.”
Arredondo comes to Victoria with more than 23 years of law enforcement experience under his belt. He has been a division commander since 2015 and is a veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Dallas Police Department in 1996 as a patrol officer and was promoted through the ranks, holding positions including detective and sergeant in the Homicide Unit and Robbery Unit. He also served as a gang enforcement officer.
Arredondo holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University and will graduate with a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley later this year.
“It is a distinct honor to be able to serve,” Arredondo said in the release.