Applications still being accepted by City Council

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Following a month of advertising for a new Orange Grove Chief of Police, city council members narrowed the list of candidates to five interviewees during last week's city council meeting.

Mayor Seale Brand wants to stress the applications for both the Chief of Police and patrol officer positions have not closed for the consideration of other possible interview candidates and will remain open until a selection is announced publicly,

These five interview candidates were the ones selected from the preliminary group of applications already received by the city.

The list includes, in no particular order, Orange Grove Police Department Sr. Police Officer Daniel Jaramillo, who has been with the department six years; former Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department investigator and current Alice Police Department Officer Enrique Saenz, who is also currently in the running for Jim Wells County Sheriff; Jim Long, a narcotics and K-9 office, who has served with the Mathis Police Department for two years and was previously Jim Wells County Constable for Precinct 3; Sgt. Rogelio Mendez, with the Kleberg County Sheriff's Department Patrol Division and K-9 handler; and Carl Van Slooten, a former Victoria area law officer who currently resides in Corpus Christi.

As part of the requirements for the Chief of Police position, if hired, the candidate would have to move to the Orange Grove area.

City officials will be conducting interviews in the coming weeks, and may select other interview candidates as more applications are submitted.