After 5 years, Rogers says he is going to explore other opportunities

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Orange Grove Police Chief Arthur M. Rogers III tendered a letter of retirement on Sept. 4 to Mayor Seale Brand and city council members. Rogers, who has served with the department for the last five years, will retire from the department effective Saturday.

In his retirement letter, Rogers said he has had several options made available to him at this time, and he felt he should further explore them.

"I would like to thank the city council for all the support that I received over the past five and a half years. I wish the city of Orange Grove prosperity and good fortune in the future," Rogers said in the letter.

City officials said on Wednesday that Rogers was out this week on vacation. Calls for comment to Rogers were not returned.

Mayor Brand said this week the OGPD has improved under Rogers' watch, with great strides made in both technology and training over the years.

"We appreciate that," Brand said.

Under Rogers' administration, the department received an upgraded computer and programming, as well as training in the use of new police technology, such as TASERs, which are in use currently by OGPD officers as a non-lethal alternative.