La Joya fires police chief

La Joya fired police Chief Ramon Gonzalez on Monday.

City Administrator Mike Alaniz said he terminated Ramon D. Gonzalez on Monday after consulting with the City Commission.

Gonzalez joined the police department in December 2005, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Records. He took the top job after Geovani V. Hernandez resigned in 2015.

"I choose not to use the word fired," Alaniz said. "I did let him go."

Alaniz wouldn't explain why he abruptly fired the police chief, who spent nearly 12 years working for the city.

"The only thing I can tell you is, once again, we wanted to take a different direction," Alaniz said, adding that Gonzalez left in good standing.

Gonzalez said the city manager asked him to resign — and he refused.

"I was told to resign," Gonzalez said. "And I told them 'What did I do?' and he just kept on telling me that the mayor wanted to move in a different direction."

When Gonzalez refused to resign, Alaniz fired him.

"Honestly, I think it's a political move," Gonzalez said.

Two sergeants will supervise day-to-day operations until the city appoints an interim chief.

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