Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr.

Alice Echo-News Journal

Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department Administrator Ricardo Palacios resigned on Friday, though he will continue to work with the department on several projects he assisted with during his tenure.

Palacios spent nearly a year with the Sheriff’s Department after his retirement from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Palacios also operates an accident reconstruction business, which is one of the reasons he said he is resigning his position in the Sheriff’s Department.

“There are a lot of things going on right now. I just needed more time to work on my own business,” Palacios said. “There are a lot of things we are doing, and they require a lot of time and effort.”

Palacios said he will continue to help the Sheriff’s Department, especially on the projects he helped to develop while department administrator. Palacios came into the department during the county’s budget period, and along with Sheriff Oscar Lopez, County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz and Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno, he was instrumental in developing the new communications tower project through the bid selection process.

“There are several different projects coming up that I will continue to work on,” Palacios said.

Lopez said Palacios has done a good job as administrator and will continue to work with the department.