Edinburg police chief demoted; Fire chief was also recently suspended

EDINBURG — The former police chief here was demoted sometime last week amid a spate of other changes within the city.

Former Edinburg Chief David White is now serving as a lieutenant for the police force, spokeswoman Cary Zayas said Wednesday.

It’s unclear what led to White’s demotion. New City Manager Juan Guerra declined to disclose any other information via Zayas.

“Lieutenant Edgardo Ruiz has been appointed as interim police chief effective immediately,” Zayas said in an email. “Interim police chief Ruiz has worked many years within the Edinburg Police Department and holds a proven track record of law enforcement experience.”

Ruiz will oversee operations as the city conducts a search to fill the position, she added.

The move comes weeks after Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider was issued a three-day suspension for a “protocol” issue, city officials previously told The Monitor.

Snider and city officials declined to give details about the suspension, saying only: “Neither Chief Snider nor the city manager want to go into any other specifics about it. Chief Snider is back at work and it’s business as usual at the Edinburg Fire Department.”

It appears longtime finance director Ascension Alonzo is no longer overseeing the finance department, but it’s unclear because the city once again declined to offer information regarding the issue, citing personnel matters. Instead, Zayas directed The Monitor to submit a public information request for respective documents.