New Braunfels assistant chief of police announces retirement

Assistant Chief of Police Joe Vargas announced Jan. 7 that his last day will be Jan. 31. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Assistant Chief of Police Joe Vargas announced Jan. 7 that his last day will be Jan. 31. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Assistant Chief of Police Joe Vargas announced Jan. 7 that his last day will be Jan. 31. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Assistant Chief of Police Joe Vargas announced Jan. 7 his retirement from the New Braunfels Police Department. His last day will be Jan. 31.

Vargas, who has served the city for more than 30 years, began his career as an animal control officer while attending the police academy.


Upon his graduation from the academy, he transferred to the New Braunfels Police Department as a patrol officer and later served as an investigator, SWAT operator, SWAT commander and assistant chief of police.

The announcement comes more than three months after the September retirement of Police Chief Tom Wibert.

Interim Chief of Police Keith Lane is currently working with the city and an outside consultant to finalize the recruiting plan for the next chief of police and will search for an assistant chief of police after the new chief is sworn in, according to a city press release.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.