City of Alice appoints Eden Garcia as new police chief

Robin Bradshaw
Alice Echo News Journal

City leaders made a decision Tuesday, March 16 to hire Eden N. Garcia as the new Alice police chief. Garcia will start his new position on Monday, March 22.

The six-month hiring process included an outside specialized recruiting firm that interviewed 22 applicants from five different states who performed background checks and submitted the recommended finalists to a designated blue-ribbon committee for a decision. 

"I have had a number of years in a managerial position and as the chief (of police). Am I prepared? Yes, I am," Garcia said. "I look back at the administration that has supported me and at the Alice PD and see some awesome (officers)...I am fortunate to have the (interim) chief set a good foundation for us. I am looking for a smooth transition and it's exciting."

Alice Police Chief Eden Garcia

Garcia, a native of San Diego, was one of the more locally based candidates. He graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and holds a Master Peace Officer and Instruction Certification from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 

"My goal is simply to make Alice a better place to live, by implementing programs that adhere to safety and health of all. Always remembering, "Alice es buena gente," Garcia stated in his hiring letter.

Garcia has wanted to wear the badge and gun since he was a child. His grandfather, Daniel U. Garcia, was a Duval COunty sheriff for 22 years.

When he started his career it was thanks to Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez who first believed in him. He was with the JWC Sheriff's Department from 1991-2002.

He went on to serve as the Falfurrias Police Chief from 2002-2012. His more recent roles have included Supervisory Safety positions for the Lewis Energy Group and Nine Energy Service. 

Alice City Manager Michael Esparza said Garcia would start a budgeted salaried position of $100,000.