News From Harlingen, Texas

Harlingen Names New Police Chief

Harlingen, Texas­– Harlingen City Manager Dan Serna has named Interim Chief of Police Michael Kester as the department’s new leader.  Kester, a 29 year veteran of the department, began his career in Harlingen in 1990 as a patrol officer and has served more than 16 years in an executive leadership role.


He was the second in command under the previous chief who retired in December of 2018.


As the Assistant, he directed the day to day operations of the police department that has an authorized strength of 143-officers and 42 civilian employees.


He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Unity College in Maine.  He is also a graduate of the 53rd Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College.  He is certified as a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Accident Investigator, and Field Training Officer.  He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Texas Police Chiefs Association.


Kester will begin his new role as the Harlingen Chief of Police on May 15, 2019. The City of Harlingen welcomes Chief Michael Kester.



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