Sole Finalist For Police Chief Named

Interim Police Chief Manuel Borrego has been named the final candidate to take over as Chief of the Police Department.

The decision must still be approved by the City Council before it is official. That vote is set to take place at their net meeting on October 16th.

"I'm ready for it and prepared and excited about the new opportunity and I'm looking forward to the challenges," said Borrego.

Borrego has been Interim Chief since Chief Dennis Bachman retired in May of this year. In the past few months, Borrego has implemented several changes to the department with his Command Staff, including "Raid Online", a site through which residents can track crime in the Falls. Borrego said he hopes to continue the progress they have made so far.

"I want to focus on the crimes that affect a lot of our community," said Borrego. "I think the burglary rates and the thefts is really where I want to focus on, so that we can, you know, let people feel comfortable that when they go to work and come home, their house is going to be in tact."

More than 40 candidates applied for the position, and that number was then narrowed down to six finalists. Of those six, Borrego was the only local candidate, and he said he think knowing the community gave him an edge above the rest.

"I have a vested interest in Wichita Falls. My family lives here, my kids, my grand kids," said Borrego. "So it's not just a job for me, it's a position that allows me to make this a very safe community for all of us to live in, and that's my goal."

Borrego will also be retiring from the Army Reserve after 35 years of service, in order to focus all of his time on the Department and the City.