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The Dilley city administration has halted attempts by this newspaper to conduct a direct interview with newly hired Police Chief Homer Delgado.
“As a result of several inaccuracies and misrepresentations reported by your newspaper in the past, we were forced to screen the information going out from our city departments,” City Administrator Juan Estrada wrote in a July 23 email. “In keeping the best interest of the city in mind, the mayor and I would be glad to answer any questions you might have pertaining to any department within the city.”
The Frio-Nueces Current reported last week that the city of Dilley had hired Delgado to head its police department, replacing the council’s first choice for the job, Milton Rivera.
As a matter of routine, this newspaper will seek interviews with newly appointed officials in order to introduce them to the community and give them an opportunity to discuss their work experience and their goals for the new position.
“I have mentioned to you in the past, our goal is to be as transparent as possible to any media source,” the city administrator wrote. “For in this manner, our community can be readily informed of all the good deeds this administration has accomplished and continues to do so.”
As of Tuesday, July 28, Estrada had not responded to inquiries regarding any alleged inaccuracies and misrepresentations printed by this newspaper.
In 2019, the city of Dilley attempted to withhold information regarding an internal investigation of Jerry Reyna, who was police chief at the time. The city was forced to release the information some five months later, following an opinion on the issue by the Texas Attorney General’s office.
The city hired Carlos Colina Vargas as a grant consultant in early 2020, but withheld information from the public regarding Vargas’ prior conviction for bribing a state official until the fact was published in this newspaper. A subsequent city council meeting included a teleconference with the consultant.