Little River-Academy: Search Begins Again for New Police Officer

LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY (September 2, 2014) The Central Texas town of Little River-Academy is once again looking for a police officer.

Little River-Academy Mayor Ronnie White confirmed to News 10 Tuesday that Luis R. Cortez resigned.

Mayor White explained Cortez owned a large gravel truck from his previous business hauling gravel and after being unable to sell the truck, the payments were too high for him to continue working for the department.

Cortez, a former Bell County Constable, was appointed to the position by the mayor and city council last month.

He was among five candidates who applied for the job and was to work under a 60-day trial period before being considered by the city council to be named police chief.

Cortez, a Belton resident, served two terms as constable, and replaced interim police chief Michael Lugo.

He stepped down just 10 days after he was appointed to the job to succeed Chief Lee Dixon who was shot to death in the line of duty.

Dixon, who started on the job in May, was shot and killed early in the evening on June 19 after responding to a report of a man with a gun at a house in the area of Main and Allison Streets.

Dixon responded alone, but a short time later requested assistance.

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