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“Always ready and willing to help young officers,”
Five years after deciding not to seek re-election, former Frio County Sheriff Lionel Trevino died on Wednesday, December 29 at the age of 71.
Trevino won his bid for sheriff during the November 2000 primaries after defeating challenger Richard ‘Termite’ Garcia and unseating incumbent Carl Burris.
“He was a great man and sheriff,” Frio County Chief Deputy Peter Salinas said in a brief statement Tuesday morning. “He was the sitting sheriff when I became a peace officer in 2000. He was always ready and willing to help the young officers as we began our law enforcement careers. Over the years, he provided so many officers with opportunities to reach our potential.”
Before beginning his tenure at the sheriff’s office in January 2001, Trevino served as a county deputy for three years and as Pct. 3 Constable for eight years.
I am happy to be one of the many who took the opportunity,” the chief deputy said. “I hope that we have made him proud by serving the people he loved and cared most about, the citizens of Frio County.”
Records show Trevino to be the second longest-serving sheriff in Frio County.