Sweetwater police chief resigns
SWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) -- Sweetwater Police Chief Roberto Fulgueira has resigned after 30 years on the force.
The announcement was made Thursday morning at a news conference at city hall. Fulgueira started at the Sweetwater Police Department as a volunteer auxiliary police officer and then later became a full-time officer in 1984.
Deputy Chief Jesus M. Menocal has been chosen by interim Mayor Jose M. Diaz to be the interim police chief until the city selects a replacement. "I'm going to have my hands full, and it's a task" said Menocal. "I'm very honored and pleased."
This comes after the abrupt end to Manuel Maroño's mayoral reign after an alleged federal grant-involved, kick-back scheme that landed Maroño and lobbyist Jorge Forte in handcuffs back in August. They are being accused of conspiracy to commit extortion but both pleaded not guilty in federal court last week.
Mayor Diaz said Fulgueira's resignation and the appointment of Chief Menocal had to do with the former chief's mother recently passing away and his own health problems. Diaz said it has nothing to do with the ex-mayor's scandal. "My projection is different from the one from Mayor Maroño, and at this point, we're taking measures to improve," said Diaz.
The interim Sweetwater police chief is calling the transition a new day. "Our job is to make sure that the gray cloud over the city, that we can clear it and put some sunshine over the City of Sweetwater," said Menocal.
The city council in Sweetwater will decide on a new police chief in June.
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