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The City of Edinburg Welcomes Jaime Ayala as Next Chief of Police


Calendar emojiAugust 30, 2021  
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The city of Edinburg names Arlington Assistant Police Chief Jaime Ayala as its pick for Chief of the Edinburg Police Department following a comprehensive selection process with the assistance of an executive recruiting firm, Strategic Government Resources.

“Through this process and the assistance of SGR, the City was able to conduct a vast search resulting in a qualified pool of applicants from all over the nation. We are fortunate to have found a candidate with his caliber-immense qualifications, professionalism, and a reputation as a senior leader in the city of Arlington, which has a lot of similarities to the growth that Edinburg is experiencing,” said City Manager Ron Garza, “Ayala is coming from a professionally run, highly credentialed and highly regarded law enforcement agency. His big city perspective and skillset will be an asset to Edinburg.”

Ayala, an Edinburg native, has been with the Arlington Police Department for 32 years. He started as an officer on patrol and worked his way up the ranks to Assistant Chief of Police. However, Ayala says his desire to serve the Edinburg community began long before his career in North Texas. In 1983, Ayala started as a volunteer reserve officer and then dispatcher with the Edinburg Police Department.

“Extremely excited and honored to have an opportunity to come back to Edinburg and be a part of a great police department with great employees who serve their community day in and day out.  It takes special people to choose this line of work and to keep serving during the difficult times law enforcement has faced in recent years. I look forward to being a part of this executive team and leading those who chose a profession in public service,” said Ayala.

Ayala is expected to join the Edinburg Police Department in October.