'I only wish I could stay longer…it's time to move on'

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Former Jim Wells County Deputy Mark Martinez was the second of two deputies to resign in as many weeks, over an investigation into a possible violation of sheriff's department policy.

The Alice Echo-News Journal received Martinez's resignation letter on Thursday through a Freedom of Information request.

In it, he said his tenure in the department was truly an experience.

"I feel the experience gained here will further serve me in my career," Martinez said. "I only wish I could stay longer but regrettably; I feel it's time to move on."

Former JWC Investigator Vicky Puente resigned last week in connection to the same policy.

Sheriff's Department attorney Myra Morris confirmed late last week that two deputies had resigned over the policy issue. AENJ requested copies of both the policy in question and statements in the personnel files of Puente and Martinez in connection to the investigation and subsequent resignations.

Puente cited concerns for her health and her pregnancy as reasons for her resignation from the department. Lopez said last week that the investigation of Puente was connected to a "non-criminal" issue involving department policy, and that it didn't have to do with the public.