Robstown fire chief arrested for DWI, placed on paid leave

The City of Robstown has decided to allow longtime Fire Chief Ricardo Gonzales to remain on paid administrative leave after his latest brush with the law.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The City of Robstown has decided to allow longtime Fire Chief Ricardo Gonzales to remain on paid administrative leave after his latest brush with the law.

Over the weekend, Gonzales was arrested for DWI just before 2 a.m. Sunday in downtown Robstown. He was taken to the Nueces County Jail where he made bail of $1,000.

Nueces County Court records show that Gonzales was arrested on a DWI and reckless driving charge back in 1991. He also had two counts of terroristic threats filed against him in 2010.

Gonzales has been working for the City of Robstown since 1990 and has been fire chief since 2002. He also serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshall, as well as a school board member.

One Robstown councilman and former mayor said they are watching his case closely.

"Policy states it's a zero tolerance, and I feel they should follow through," former Robstown Mayor Hector Gallegos said. "Something needs to be done. If he's going to be owning those positions, he should set an example."

"Of course we're not here to crucify the gentleman, but we just want to make sure that we are doing everything possible and taking the proper protocols, the proper procedures that need to be done in situations like this," Councilman Cezar Martinez said.

3News tried to reach Gonzales for comment but he did not respond to our request.

In a statement from the City of Robstown, Mayor Mandy Barrera pointed out his exemplary work history, saying he had done great things for the City and Nueces County, especially during Hurricane Harvey. She added that the incident is unfortunate.

Gonzales remains on paid administrative leave while his case works its way through court.

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