Nine applicants vying for Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff position

The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court is expected to soon announce who will step in as interim sheriff after Sheriff Lupe Trevino resigned Friday.

Until a special election is held in November, the county commissioner TMs court will find an interim sheriff to take over as head of the largest law enforcement agency in the county, and they have a number of applicants to choose from.

Since Trevino announced his resignation, law enforcement officials from across the county have let county commissioners know they would like to take over in the interim.

The Hidalgo County Judges office released a list of nine individuals who have expressed interest in the position.

Geovani HernandezTom WhittenFrancisco GallegosDaniel GarciaFred BallRicardo HerreraAdam Munoz Jr.Esteban SotoJuan Gonzalez

Newly appointed La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez tells Action 4 he submitted his letter of intent Monday morning.

"We have a lot of support all over the county, Hernandez said. I've received numerous calls from troopers, federal officers, BP agents, motivating me to put in the letter.

If elected Hernandez said he would implement reforms but says no one needs to fear losing their job.

"You can't just go in there and move everything around. You have to respect employees individually, Hernandez said.

If named interim sheriff of not, Hernandez said he also plans to run in November.

"If not selected we are ready to run a campaign, Hernandez said.

Former Harligen Police Chief Tom Whitten moved to El Paso at the end of last year to take a commander position in El Paso County Sheriff TMs Office but Whitten told Action 4 News he is willing to help out if asked.

"If all things were perfect I'd ask for a leave of absence from my position in the interim, Whitten said.

With more than 25 years of law enforcement experience Whitten said he believes he is qualified, but acknowledges the commissioners court to make the right decision.

"I think it TMs a good opportunity and is just an interim position until the county picks who they want. I'm sure the commission and judge will pick the best fit, Whitten said.

The commissioner TMs court will officially accept Sheriff Trevino TMs resignation on Wednesday morning at an 8:30 a.m. meeting at Edinburg City Hall.

The interim sheriff will be named immediately thereafter.