Say he will focus on his construction business

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

After much consideration, Orange Grove Assistant Police Chief Frank Jaramillo Jr. submitted his resignation to Mayor Seale Brand on July 11.

Jaramillo has served in the department for nearly 10 years. Using his vacation time, Jaramillo's last day was July 23.

Brand said Jaramillo left the department to focus on his construction business. Jaramillo said in his resignation letter that he wanted to explore other opportunities.

"At this time I feel that my law enforcement career needs to be placed on hold, so I can explore other opportunities. I have worked myself from a reserve officer to the position I hold today as Assistant Chief of Police," he wrote. "It has been a great experience working for the citizens of this community as well as with my fellow officers. I would like to thank the Mayor, Seale Brand and the members of the city council for giving me the opportunity to serve the community of Orange Grove."

He reiterated those comments on Wednesday.

"I want to thank the Chief, the Mayor and the council for giving me the opportunity. Working for the citizens of Orange Grove has been a great experience," Jaramillo said.

OGPD Chief Arthur Rogers said he was sure Jaramillo thought long and hard when it came to his decision as to what was best for himself and his family.

"He was an asset to the community. It was a difficult decision to make, and we wish him nothing but the best," Rogers said.

Without Jaramillo, the department is left with four full-time officers, including Rogers, and one active reserve member.

Brand said the issue of a replacement hasn't been discussed with city council members yet, but he said, the city will be pursuing a new assistant chief.

One possible hindrance the city could have in a search for a new officer is the salary of the position.

"Our pay has been a restriction of attracting people to Orange Grove, and it will be a priority this next budget session," Brand said.