Health Department Director retires from position

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The man who has been leading the fight against COVID-19 in the city of Laredo has announced his retirement.

File photo: Doctor Hector Gonzalez

After almost 19 years as the director of the City of Laredo Health Department, Doctor Hector Gonzalez's retirement will be effective as of this Friday, May 22nd.

Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz spoke to our Ruben Villarreal on the KGNS Digital News Desk, saying Doctor Gonzalez "will be missed and that he is grateful for everything he's done."

This comes after Fire Chief Steve Landin announced his retirement last week, both figures of authority in the City's Emergency Operations Center.

Mayor Saenz announced that Richard Chamberlain will take over as acting director of the City's Health Department come Monday.