CALEXICO — The hood of Chief Tommy Tunson's Calexico Police Department-issued Ford is still warm as residents here talk about who will replace him.
Tunson's final day as chief is Tuesday.
At a recent council meeting, longtime Calexico resident Godofredo Mendez asked the council to hire a bilingual-in- Spanish police chief. He said Calexico police Cmdr. Mario Sanchez should be considered for the position.
Mayor Victor Carrillo and Mayor Pro Tem John Renison agree with Mendez.
Carrillo said, "It would behoove Rich (City Manager Richard Inman) to give Cmdr. Sanchez the opportunity.
"It would be a smooth transition for the department."
Renison said the council should revisit the qualifications required of the city's police chief since Sanchez was not allowed to apply for the job when Tunson was hired two and a half years ago.
"I don't think we can close the door. We need to open the door," Renison said.