Officer’s suspension upheld, another is reinstated

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
editor@sbnewspaper.com

Arnold Garcia pic

Former San Benito Assistant Police Chief Arnold Garcia's three-day suspension for allegedly failing to comply with a random drug test last June has been upheld by an arbitrator. (File photo)

Rulings on two high-profiled Civil Service hearings concerning previously suspended officers with the San Benito Police Department (SBPD) were made this week.

Shortly after the San Benito News first reported Wednesday on sbnewspaper.com that one officer was reinstated from an indefinite suspension, another cop’s three-day suspension was upheld as “just.”

It was reported Wednesday morning that Guadalupe Andrade, the San Benito police officer placed on indefinite suspension last June allegedly for “conduct unbecoming an officer,” has been reinstated.

According to City of San Benito Human Resources Director Arturo Rodriguez, Andrade will receive $8,000 backpay while her indefinite suspension – handed down by Chief George Gomez – has been reduced to two days discipline without pay, this after her attorney, Francisco Zabarte of Brownsville, ended negotiations with the attorney representing the city, Rick Navarro of Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal P.C. Andrade had initially asked for approximately $28,000 in backpay.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the March 20 edition of the San Benito News. Or view our E-Edition by clicking here.

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