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

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Oaths of office, 2017

Welcome to the force

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez is joined by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez in administering the oath of office to the county's newest reserve deputy, Rene Sobrevilla, in a brief ceremony in the district courtroom on Thursday, October 5. Sobrevilla is a 2000 graduate of Cotulla High School, a graduate of Universal Technical Institute in Houston and a graduate in criminal justice from Southwest Texas State University at Uvalde. He is a Cotulla volunteer firefighter and former jailer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the McConnell Unit in Beeville and at Emerald Corrections in Encinal and the La Salle County Jail, as well as serving as a training lieutenant for Correctional Services Corporation in Frio County. He is presently employed as superintendent of operations for CDM Resource Management, which services natural gas compressors over the Eagle Ford Shale in the Cotulla area. He will serve as deputy when called upon to provide additional manpower at public functions and in the event of emergencies. He looks forward to continuing his service to the people of his home town and county.

A new
Chief
in town

The oath of office was administered Tuesday, September 5, in the La Salle County Commissioners’ Courtroom to new Chief Deputy Earl Heath by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez with Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez presiding. Chief Heath takes the office vacated earlier this year by Malcolm Watson, who has retired and now serves as constable in Medina County. As the chief deputy for the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Heath is responsible for coordinating and supervising the
department’s deputies, lieutenants and sergeants, reviewing reports, general law enforcement and organizing assistance between La Salle and other law enforcement agencies. A native of Devine, Heath has completed a 32-year career with the Texas Department of Public Safety, for which he served in commercial vehicle enforcement, retiring this year as a lieutenant. His first duty station with the DPS was at Cotulla, after which he served in Riviera, Houston, Rosenberg and Tyler, among other Texas cities. He says he looks forward to serving in La Salle County as a key player in local law enforcement and in helping Sheriff Rodriguez maintain a progressive agency that is actively engaged in community policing as well as investigation and intervention of crimes that affect La Salle County – including those related to the drug trade, interstate smuggling, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and abuse of the elderly, fraud, theft, and crimes involving deadly conduct. The chief deputy will also help maintain strong bonds between the sheriff’s office and the city of Cotulla, with whom a law enforcement contract for municipal policing remains active, and will attend community meetings on emergency preparedness and disaster response.                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Photo: Rosario Morales)​​

Beginning new duty

Former La Salle County Deputies (L-R) Leo Martinez and Alfred Gonzales have completed their training and graduated in a ceremony on Friday, August 4, from the Highway Patrol Academy of the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin. They will now be stationed with the Highway Patrol as Texas State Troopers to begin their patrol careers. Martinez is a native of Cotulla; Gonzales is a Laredo resident. Both served as deputies in La Salle County before applying to join the DPS and passing the rigorous entrance requirements. The academy’s ten-week training course is adapted for participants who are already licensed peace officers and includes physical and academic training and examination in the policies and procedures of the Highway Patrol. Friends and family from across South Texas attended last week’s graduation ceremony and included a number of La Salle County officers with whom the two new troopers have served in their careers.
(Courtesy photo)

Prepared to serve

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer badge to the county's newest reserve deputy, Jose "JJ" Sanchez Jr., in a brief ceremony presided over by County Judge Joel Rodriguez, who administered the oath of office Tuesday, July 18, in the county commissioners' courtroom. Sanchez is a native of Glendale, Arizona, and attended university at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Criminal Justice before entering service as a trooper with the Missouri Highway Patrol. He and his wife recently moved to warmer climates and settled in Laredo, where he is currently employed as a deputy for the Webb County Sheriff's Office. He says he looks forward to serving the people of La Salle County when he is called upon by the sheriff's office to provide additional manpower at public events and in case of a disaster or other emergency when a full complement of law enforcement officers is required. Sanchez also says he looks forward to meeting the people of La Salle County and becoming familiar with its communities.

A career ahead of you

Freshly graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Laredo native Ricardo Valdez has been commissioned as a reserve deputy with the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and was given his peace officer badge by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez in a brief ceremony in the district courtroom on Tuesday afternoon, June 20. The oath of office was administered by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez. Valdez is a graduate of Alexander High School in Laredo and looks forward to a career in law enforcement. The new reserve deputy was joined in the courtroom by parents Gabriel Valdez and Diana Perez, and friends. He said this week that he is keen to begin serving the people of La Salle County. Reserve deputies are used as supportive manpower in law enforcement, and in La Salle County this entails providing extra coverage at public events and on special occasions as well as being on call to step up to duty in the event of a disaster or emergency.

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.

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

Oaths of office, 2016

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.

Pinning
the
badge

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

Adolph Thomas, 1940-2017

Adolph Thomas, 76, of Schulenberg, Texas, died Sunday, September 24.

Thomas’ 27-year career in law enforcement included Highway Patrol duty as a trooper, command of the DPS Training Academy, a captaincy in the DPS Narcotics Division, and positions as lieutenant and sergeant investigator with the division.

Thomas was a retired chief of staff of the Texas Department of Public Safety and served as a training consultant and expert witness in state and federal court on issues of search and seizure, and provided specialized training and consultancy in cases related to police policies and procedures, case preparation, undercover drug investigations, agency custom and practice allegations, and racial profiling cases. He held a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He served as a member of numerous law enforcement organizations and was the author of several publications on the Fourth Amendment.

From 2012 to 2015, Thomas was a consultant to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and helped draft the agency’s publications on operating procedures and officer practices. He served as a valuable asset to the agency in its modernization and expansion in the wake of a population growth during the years of the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas exploration in La Salle County, assisting the sheriff’s office in its transition and adaptation, in the inauguration of a municipal police patrol, and in the establishment of a new administration under Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Meadowlawn Funeral Home, 5611 East Houston Street in San Antonio.

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

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.