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