Update for February 26, 2015
Hondo police chief not leaving after all
By Diane Cosgrove
It’s been a short roller-coaster ride for Hondo Police Chief John V. Martinez. Two weeks ago, City Manager Jeff Litchfield announced that he was accepting – with mixed emotions – the resignation of Martinez, who was leaving the top cop job at Hondo Police Department in favor of a position with the Brazos River Authority.
The position he was planning to fill was as a chief ranger at Possum Kingdom Lake, a beautiful resort area northwest of Fort Worth.
An interim chief (Lt. Brian Valenzuela) was preparing to step up and Martinez and his wife were looking forward to the move. “I’d already turned in my letter of resignation,” he said. “It’s been publicized in the newspapers, I’ve already told my staff… we’re saying our goodbyes.”
On Monday, the chief asked city leadership to allow him to rescind his resignation, and his request was approved by the CM and Mayor Jim Danner.
Martinez said in a Monday morning interview he was notified on Friday by the Brazos River Authority that the position was not funded, so they would not be able to bring him aboard as planned.
“I don’t know how long the position had been vacant,” Martinez added. He was at a loss to explain why the agency would offer him a job, knowing he would be resigning from HPD, without having the funding to back up the job offer. In addition, he had actually received a letter offering him the job and had spoken to one of the people he expected to be working with at the park.
“I’m thankful that the city has kept me. I’m just going to move forward,” he commented. “People kept telling me, ‘You’re leaving God’s Country,’ and I’d say, ‘I’m going to heaven.’
“I was thinking long-term; my daughter wants to attend college in the Dallas area. (This job) puts me 40, 50 miles from that area.
“I have to believe that God has another plan for me. It just wasn’t meant to be. Things happen for reason,” he concluded.
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