The Pearsall police department swore in two new police officers and two municipal animal code enforcement officers (M-ACE) last week.
Officers Jon Torres and Juan Garcia have joined the police force, filling two vacancies in the department.
Torres is a Pearsall native who graduated high school in 2016. After graduation, he earned his peace officer license from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy in Uvalde in December 2019. Torres also holds an associate of arts degree from Southwest Texas Junior College.
Officer Juan Alberto Garcia, an Eagle Pass native, graduated from C.C. Winn High School in 2018 and completed the 667-hour basic peace officer licensing course in December 2019 at the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy in Uvalde.
The 2019-20 fiscal budget allocated two M-ACE positions that have been filled by Carlos Lugo and Samantha Lopez.
Long-time Pearsall resident Lugo served in the military as a squad leader from 1987 to 1995 before being honorably discharged. Lugo worked for the city from 2008 to 2011 as a code enforcement officer; before returning to the city earlier this year, Lugo worked in Mathis and Cotulla as a code enforcement officer.
Lugo holds an advanced code enforcement officer license.
Lopez, a 2007 PHS graduate, joined the department in October 2019 and currently holds a basic animal control license and recently completed training for code enforcement. Lopez worked for the city of Pearsall from 2013 to 2016.