Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal
Narciso H. Gonzalez said that as he was growing up, law enforcement was all he wanted to do. And with his managerial skills, he said he is prepared to become the new sheriff.
Gonzalez is running for the Jim Wells County Sheriff's race against incumbent Sheriff Oscar Lopez and Alice police officer Enrique Saenz.
"I went into the Army to finish my high school because I wanted to be in law enforcement and had the capacity for it," Gonzalez said.
"As an administrator, I'm a leader and I'm a disciplinarian. Throughout my career I have been a leader and I've supervised. Law enforcement is law enforcement; it doesn't matter where you are. I have been a leader of men in the military and I've been a leader as a supervisor and I've been a leader of people in the most severe of circumstances."
Gonzalez was part of the elite group called the Border Patrol Tactical Team that fought crime in the jungles of Bolivia and controlled riots in Florida during the Cuban influx in the 1980s.
He said the group was responsible for emergencies and quickly responded anywhere in the country.
"I've been in charge of those groups and we made decisions that were life or death situations, it wasn't a game," he said.
Gonzalez served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. He started his law enforcement journey began with the Alice Police Department from 1968 to 1974, where he became sergeant. He then applied and was accepted as a border patrol agent from 1974 to 1997.
He initiated his border patrol career in Del Rio, but relocated to several areas including Hebbronville, Freer and then Falfurrias where he was supervisor.
"Throughout my career as border patrol I was in the administrative field," Gonzalez said. "When you have 70 or 80 people under you, you had to learn to make out schedules with even distribution of manpower."
Gonzalez said while he was in the military during the Vietnam era, he was in charge of reports and about 200 personnel.
"You had to keep track of personnel duties, inventory, correspondence," he said. "Everybody comes to you for information and you have to be aware of everything that's going on. That's where my administrative training started and it continues thereafter."
He has been married to his wife, Barbara, for 38 years. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.
He said he decided to run for the sheriff's post to make a difference.
"Many times enforcement is done selectively and this leaves a bad taste. We can't ignore the laws, sometimes we have to impose the laws on ourselves because we are not above the law," he said. "I know I can make a difference."
He received an Associates Degree in Police Science from Del Mar College and has about 117 college hours.
Gonzalez was born and raised in the Rancho Alegre community, where he lived a humble life.
He said his mother influenced him to work hard, get an education to have a better life.
"That's when I learned that I can do anything in this world, because I had a mother like her; my potential was unlimited," he said. "We had the desire to achieve. Tenemos mas umbre (We were hungry for more)."