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20130412 MissionPD PromotionCeremony CAB 0102MISSION – Seven police officers were promoted last week during a special pinning ceremony at the Mission Police Department. Five officers were promoted to corporal and two were advanced to sergeant.

Promoted to sergeant were Teodoro “Ted” Rodriguez and David Meza.

Officers promoted to corporal were Jorge Saenz, Marco Ramirez, Roel Valasquez, Estaban Jara and David Garza.

Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez said this is a very special day for the Police Department. He continued, saying these promotions were a work in progress since last year the budget planning and other promotions had left vacancies.

“We’re very proud of these fine young men,” said Dominguez.

Interim City Manager and Ex-Police Chief Martin Garza said it seemed like a long time since he had seen some of the faces at the station.

“It’s great to come back and be able to stand before you,” said Garza.

Garza said he was honored to stand next to the men in blue that were being promoted. He added that he has had the opportunity to work with them on several occasions.

“I applaud them for their work and dedication,” said Garza. “They’re going to be good teachers, good counselors.”

20130412 MissionPD PromotionCeremony CAB 0105Garza told them the goal is not for leaders to develop followers, but for leaders to develop future leaders.

“(We are) developing the future leaders of the Mission Police Department and the City of Mission. I wish them the best.”

“It’s not an easy profession to have,” said Dominguez, adding that families learn to cope with the position. Family members learn to deal with the long hours.

“I applaud you for putting up with us,” said Dominguez to family members.

As Dominguez called the officers to the center of the room one by one to receive their new rank, he invited their wives and children to assist in pinning the new badge on the officers’ uniforms.

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