EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A South Texas sheriff's office has announced that the sheriff's chief of staff has resigned for personal reasons, the latest high-level personnel change at an agency that has drawn the attention of federal investigators.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office announced that Chief of Staff Patricia Medina resigned Tuesday. Medina has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
In December, Sheriff Lupe Trevino fired his commander, Jose Padilla, after he was arrested on federal drug trafficking charges.
One year earlier, federal authorities arrested one of Trevino's sons, Jonathan Trevino, who was a Mission police officer working on a joint sheriff's office task force. He later pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy in which members of the unit, including several deputies, stole drug loads for another trafficker.