Texas State University police chief resigns, effective immediately


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Jose Bañales said he stepped down “to concentrate on other opportunities.”

Bañales became Texas State’s police chief in May 2016 after many years with the San Antonio Police Department.

Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman.

Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief.

“I am going to be pursuing other interests and thought the timing was right for my departure and for me to concentrate on other opportunities,” Bañales told the American-Statesman.

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Asked whether any issues prompted or led up to Bañales’ resignation, Blaschke replied: “I don’t have that information. It’s a personnel matter.”

Bañales became the university’s police chief in May 2016, having previously worked for many years at the San Antonio Police Department. He is a graduate of Texas State. His annual compensation was $130,008, according to an online database maintained by the Texas Tribune.

His resignation comes about two weeks after the university police department’s controversial decision to arrest four people, at least three of whom are students, in connection with a sit-in last month at which protesters called for the resignation of the student government president. The four are accused of interference with public duties of a peace officer and obstructing a highway or other passageway, both misdemeanors.

An affidavit filed by university police about the April 12 incident contends that the four placed themselves behind two students’ vehicle to keep it from exiting a garage near the LBJ Student Center. When the two got into a police vehicle to leave, the four placed themselves in front of it, according to the affidavit.

Joanne Smith, vice president of student affairs, said Texas State would immediately begin a national search for a new director of the university police department, as the position is formally known. She noted that Lattie has served as interim director on previous occasions.



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