Judge sides with former Alamo police chief

Alamo Police Chief Baudelio Castillo looks across the room in a specially called meeting by the Alamo City Commission during an executive session to terminate him on Monday, May 20, 2019, in Alamo. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Updated at 6:00 p.m.

Former police Chief Baudelio Castillo will have his day in court to see if he can convince a judge to order the city to reinstate him.

On Friday morning, 275th state District Judge Marla Cuellar ruled Castillo had a right under Texas whistleblower laws to present evidence and testimony during a hearing to make his case that she should order him reinstated as police chief of the city of Alamo as his litigation against it plays out in court.

Castillo sued Alamo Mayor Diana Martinez, Alamo City Commissioners Robert De La Garza and Maria Del Pilar Garza, Alamo City Manager Luciano Ozuna Jr. and the city itself on June 12 in the 275th state District Court, approximately three weeks after the city fired him at a meeting.

He accuses the defendants of retaliating against him by firing him for his job because he opened investigations into what he says is wrongdoing by city officials.

The defendants generally deny the allegations and, in an answer to the lawsuit, said they are protected by government immunity.

Castillo said after the hearing that he is happy Cuellar’s decision will allow him to have his day in court.

“I’m a step closer to serving the citizens of Alamo,” Castillo said.

He said he has a lot of experience to offer to the city’s residents and hopes the litigation will provide him the opportunity to do so.

“We have a great police department and I enjoyed the year I was there,” Castillo said.

The reason behind Castillo’s termination, however, is unclear. After a 30-minute executive session, De La Garza motioned to terminate Castillo, which Martinez seconded, according to city of Alamo agenda minutes.

An official with the city of Alamo’s administration did not return a call and email asking about why Castillo was fired by deadline.

Castillo will have his day in court on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. where he and his attorneys, Francisco J. Rodriguez and Jared Clark, will present testimony and evidence to try and show Cuellar that the former chief has a right under Texas whistleblower laws to be reinstated to his position.

mreagan@themonitor.com


A judge ruled Friday morning that the former police chief of Alamo will have a chance at a hearing to present evidence in a bid to be reinstated to his old job by order of the court.

Baudelio Castillo sued Alamo Mayor Diana Martinez, Alamo City Commissioners Robert De La Garza and Maria Del Pilar Garza, Alamo City Manager Luciano Ozuna Jr. and the city itself on June 12, approximately three weeks after the city fired him at a meeting.

Castillo alleges he was fired in violation of the Texas Whistleblower Act in retaliation for reporting what he said was alleged wrongdoing by city officials.

The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

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