La Salle County Peace Officers,
Reserve Deputies, Administrators & Staff

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Reporting for duty

La Salle County's newest deputy is Julian Lopez, who was pinned with his peace officer badge by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez during a ceremony with Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez, family and friends, in the district courtroom on Tuesday, May 9. Lopez is a native of La Pryor  and studied wildlife management at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde before joining the US Army in 2012 and serving as a cavalry scout at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. He is now a member of the US National Guard, based at Camp Bullis, San Antonio. He earned his peace officer certification through the Middle Rio Grande Development Council Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC Uvalde in 2016. He and his wife and two-year-old son make their home in La Pryor.

Proud tradition

Continuing a family tradition of public service, Michael Sauceda has become a full-time deputy for the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and was pinned with his peace officer badge by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez in a ceremony in the district courtroom on Tuesday, May 9. Sauceda is a Laredo resident and attended Laredo Community College to study criminal justice before earning his peace officer certification through the Laredo Regional Law Enforcement Academy in 2016. He then served as a patrol officer for Laredo Independent School District. Sauceda's father and two uncles are agents in the US Border Patrol; one of his grandfathers is a retired district fire chief in Laredo, the other is fire chief in Hudspeth County, Texas. Present for the ceremony with Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez were Sauceda's family and friends.  

Going full-time

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer's badge to newly commissioned Deputy Armando Lopez, who has been hired to serve as a full-time officer in the department, having served for the past year as a reserve deputy. Lopez is a San Antonio native and 1998 graduate of the Police Academy at San Antonio College, a graduate of Texas A&M University at San Antonio and has served as an officer in Bexar County, in Dilley and with the Frio County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff was joind for the ceremony by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez in the La Salle District Courtroom on Tuesday, May 9.

Continued service

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez is joined by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez in the district courtroom on Tuesday, May 9, for a badge ceremony to deputize the newest reserve for the county, Tommy Webb, a veteran law enforcement officer who will now serve La Salle when called upon to provide additional resources. Webb is a native of Laredo and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Texas A&M International University. His career includes 30 years in law enforcement, with 15 as a narcotics agent for the Department of Public Safety, after which he served as a special agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He is presently a contractor for the DEA, specializing in financial investigations. He and his wife Silvia make their home in Laredo and have a ranch in La Salle County. They have a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Entering service

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer's badge on Wednesday, January 18, to newly sworn Deputy Ricardo Bustamante of Cotulla, who graduated from the Southwest Texas Junior College Police Academy at Uvalde in 2016. Deputy Bustamante has lived in Cotulla since 1994, when he began serving as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Cotulla Unit. A graduate of Asherton High School, he previously served as an officer at TDCJ units in Navasota and Beeville. He was joined for the ceremony in the La Salle District Courtroom by daughters Aliyah and Kharri Bustamante. La Salle County Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez officiated at the administration of the officer's oath.

Taking the oath

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer's badge to newly sworn Deputy Jose Solis, who graduated from the Southwest Texas Junior College Police Academy at Uvalde at the end of 2016. Solis is a native of Laredo and graduated from LBJ High School in the Border City before joining the La Salle County Sheriff's Office as a jailer. He has served three years as a correctional officer for the county. He was joined at the ceremony in the La Salle District Courtroom on Wednesday, January 18, by Diana Hernandez and son Damian Solis. La Salle County Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez officiated at the administration of the officer's oath.

To protect and serve

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer's badge to the county's newest reserve deputy, Manuel Espinosa, during a brief ceremony in the district courtroom on Tuesday, January 3. The officer is a resident of La Vernia and served for 25 years as a trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol at Crystal City before serving as a federal agent for the US Department of Transportation. Espinosa is a graduate in government from the former Texas A&I University at Kingsville and a 1975 graduate of the DPS Academy at Austin. He expects to serve La Salle County when called upon to provide additional manpower in the event of an emergency and at public functions, festivals and other occasions when he will supplement the sheriff's office as a licensed peace officer. He was joined by wife Beatrice for the ceremony, which was presided over by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez

Preserve, protect
and defend...

La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez is joined by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez on Tuesday, November 22 in administering the oath of office to the county's newest reserve deputy, David Gutierrez. The Hebbronville native is a graduate of the police academy at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and has a twenty-year law enforcement career behind him, including service as a sergeant with the Jim Hogg County Sheriff's Office and as a special investigator for the district attorney's office. He expects to serve as a peace officer for La Salle County at public functions and community festivals and will provide law enforcement support during the county's annual Wild Hog Cook-Off in March.

Welcome to the Force

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer’s badge to the county’s newest reserve deputy, Cesar Villarreal, in a brief ceremony in the La Salle District Courtroom on Tuesday, October 18. The new officer was joined by parents Francisco and Claudia Villarreal for the occasion; La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez presided. Deputy Villarreal is a native of Laredo and a graduate of United High School. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from San Antonio College and attended the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy for a year. He has since been hired full-time as a deputy for the sheriff's office and now serves as a patrol officer in the county.

Welcome back

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer’s badge to newly commissioned Lieutenant Mike Bostwick, who returns to duty after prior service to La Salle as a criminal investigator. The ceremony was held Friday, September 23 in the district courtroom, witnessed by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez and attended by local law enforcement officers and staff. Bostwick is a native of Menard, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the US Army Rangers from 1965 to 1985 and earned commendations and the Purple Heart on active duty in Vietnam. He then served as a deputy with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, as a constable for McMullen County, in the police department for the US Department of Veterans Affairs and, from 2013 to 2015, as a special investigator for La Salle County.

New Reserve

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pinned an officer’s badge to the county’s newest reserve deputy, Ross Leago, in a brief ceremony in the district courtroom on Wednesday, September 7. Present to administer the oath of office for the new reserve was Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez; Leago was accompanied by his wife of 44 years, Barbara, for the occasion. A native of Houston, Leago took his training at the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy before serving 23 years as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He also served nine years as a city councilman for Bayo Vista, near Galveston. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Concan in the Texas Hill Country. Reserve Deputy Leago says he looks forward to serving in law enforcement for La Salle County when called upon by the sheriff.
La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez is joined by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez on Thursday, July 14 in administering the oath of office to the county's newest reserve deputy, Armando Lopez. The San Antonio native who began serving La Salle County this week is a 1998 graduate of the Police Academy at San Antonio College, is a graduate of Texas A&M University at San Antonio and has served as an officer in Bexar County, in Dilley and with the Frio County Sheriff's Office.

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Welcome to the force...

La Salle County Deputy Jose Cardenas III became the newest officer for La Salle County on Tuesday morning, May 17 when he took the oath of office, which was administered by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez in the district courtroom. Deputy Cardenas is a native of Laredo and previously served as a patrol officer for the Laredo Independent School District Police Department. He is a 2013 graduate of the Laredo Community College South Border Regional Police Academy. Sheriff Rodriguez pinned the new officer's badge at the brief ceremony.

MEET THE OFFICERS & STAFF

READY TO ROLL - On patrol for the La Salle County Sheriff's Office on the morning of Saturday, March 11, 2017, for the Wild Hog Cook-Off and County Fair, with their patrol fleet are (L-R) Deputies Jose Cardenas III, Ricardo Bustamante, Elvira Gonzales, Jose Avila, Miguel Limon, Michael Hernandez, Cesar Villarreal and Alfred Gonzalez.
ON STATION - Standing by to begin serving the community during Wild Hog Weekend, Saturday, March 11, 2017, are La Salle County Sheriff's Office deputies, reserves and senior officers, including (Front row, in uniform, L-R) Enrique Velez, Cesar Villarreal, Jose Cardenas III, Jose Solis, Jose Avila, Andres Flores, Ricardo Bustamante, Elvira Gonzales, Sgt. Rickey Galvan, Miguel Limon, Michael Hernandez, Leo Martinez, Alfredo Gonzalez, Saniela Flores; (back row, in formal dress, L-R) Reserve Otto Arnim, Reserve Joel Arellano, Lieutenant Mike Bostwick, Reserve Robert Armstrong, Reserve David Gutierrez, Captain Jose Garcia, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Chief Deputy Malcolm Watson and Reserve Ross Leago. 
OFFICERS AND RESERVES of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office include (L-R) Lieutenant Mike Bostwick, Reserve Deputy Otto Arnim, Reserve Deputy Robert Armstrong, Reserve Deputy David Gutierrez, Captain Jose Garcia, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Chief Deputy Malcolm Watson and Reserve Deputy Ross Leago.

IN MEMORIAM

Larry Griffin, 1941-2016

La Salle County Sgt. Rickey Galvan presents Frankie Griffin with the US flag at a memorial service Saturday, December 3, for her husband, retired Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Larry Griffin, who died at the age of 75 on Wednesday, November 30. The ceremony held in the La Salle County Emergency Operations Center, which is named after Griffin, was attended by law enforcement officers, game wardens and elected officials from across the region. Griffin had served in La Salle County from the early 1970s until his retirement.
Game wardens of the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife and troopers of the Texas Highway Patrol joined the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and county constables Friday, December 2, in a lighted motorcade escort from Laredo to Cotulla for retired TPW Game Warden Larry Griffin. Officers lined the street in front of the Peters Funeral Home in Cotulla in a salute as Griffin's ashes were returned. 

Aaron Luevano, 1984-2012

Aaron Luevano
Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Luevano (28) of Uvalde lost his life in a head-on collision on FM 117 in Frio County, nine miles west of Dilley, during the early hours of December 12, 2012.  
Deputy Luevano had been on his way home to Uvalde after completing his shift as a patrol deputy. 
He is survived by his wife and stepdaughter, three brothers, three sisters, and his parents.
Aaron will be remembered for his love and dedication to the Law Enforcement community and profession and will be greatly missed by all those who served with him and those whose lives he touched.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel / 220 South Getty St., Uvalde, Texas. He was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery.