The city of Seguin has begun the search for someone to take the reins of the Seguin Police Department as the new police chief.

The first round of interviews are already underway with the interviews taking place this week, Seguin public information officer Jennifer Sourdellia said.

While the first round of interviews is underway, the screening of applicants is ongoing, she said.

“Ninety applications for the chief of police position at the city of Seguin have been received.  So far, three candidates have been interviewed, and more interviews are scheduled this week,” Sourdellia said.

The city is expecting to go through about two to three more rounds of interviews before the finalists are narrowed down, she said.

The search began in December following the resignation of former Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso in November. Kelso left the department shortly after the retirement of former Deputy Chief Bruce Ure and the resignation of Capt. Victor Pacheco.

When the process started, Seguin City Manager Doug Faseler said it could take three to four months.

In the meantime, Russell “Rusty” Pancoast is filling in the chief position until a permanent one is found.

Pancoast has previously served as interim police chief in Brenham, Rusk and Ingram.


Valerie Bustamante is staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at

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