Harlingen to welcome new police chief

The City of Harlingen will have a new police chief Monday, replacing one who resigned after presumably making controversial comments to a local newspaper.

New Mexico native, Ellwood T. Whitten, worked with the El Paso Police department for the past 20 years.

Prior to El Paso, Whitten was police chief in Carlsbad, New Mexico and police chief of the Dewitt, Iowa police department.

According to Mayor Chris Boswell, Whitten was chosen because of his experience in Texas and working with a border community, which made him the best qualified for the position.

Whitten was among 39 people who applied for the job formerly held by Danny Castillo.

The position was vacated in February after Castillo stepped down from the position.

A Harlingen City Commissioner asked for the termination of Police Chief Danny Castillo, following a contentious letter he allegedly wrote to the Valley Morning Star.