Ex-Merkel police chief being investigated by Texas Rangers

    (Chris Ortiz appointed police chief on April 13, 2017. Also pictured, Mayor Mary Schrampfer of the City of Merkel.)

    The City of Merkel has fired Merkel Police Chief Chris Ortiz, who is now under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

    On Monday night, the Merkel City Council discussed "disciplinary actions against the Chief of Police position."

    Ortiz was fired during Monday night's meeting of the Merkel City Council.

    According to a statement from Merkel City Manager Steve Campbell, information was "brought to the attention of city administration."

    An internal investigation was conducted and Ortiz was terminated as a result of the investigation, the findings of which have been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

    Campbell said that the "City of Merkel cannot comment further."

    Ortiz was appointed Merkel's police chief in April of 2017 and had been with the Merkel Police Department since 2015.

    Overall, Ortiz has been involved in law enforcement for 14 years.

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