My Fellow Colleagues,
First of all, I’d like to thank God for giving me health and life to be here today. I also would like to thank the Zapata County Sheriff Alonso M. Lopez, who has always been there for me; My wife and family, for all your support; Past-President Byron Lyons, the Board of Directors, Past -Executive Director Carmela Jones, Executive Director Rachel Vega and all the Chief Deputies and their families. You all have helped me come to this point in my life. You all have made this possible for me. Every action and decision you’ve taken, has helped pave my path towards this stage and allowed me to receive the presidency of the Texas Chief Deputies Association today. Thank you!
I would like to mention that my life has been highly impacted and I have been molded to a be better person by the man who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to serve as Chief Deputy for his office. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and his for trust in me. I’ve grown to be the person who I am now because of this job, and I owe it all to my mentor, Sheriff Lopez. He has always guided me in my career. Being Chief Deputy isn’t an easy task. It takes patience, dedication, perseverance, sleepless nights, and a willing heart to do the job. In all that, he’s never left me alone. Thank you, Sheriff Lopez.
The Texas Chief Deputies Association has been a key element in my life. It has molded me to do business the way I do, and personally, it has also changed and impacted my family in a positive way. My family and I are very fortunate to be part of this association. We are very fortunate to be part of the lives of all the people we’ve met and made friends with. You’ve always been so kind and warm-hearted towards my family, that my wife and children look forward to each year and seeing you again. We feel at home here. You’ve made us feel like family. Thank you!
It’s safe for me to say that we’re all here for the same reason, to find solutions to issues in our counties. We’re all here to find ways to improve our service to our communities as we try to stay up to date with all the new trends and dangers that threaten those we protect. I’m sure we can all agree on one thing, that all of us here are trying to better our counties and our communities. We’re all here learning new things that we can implement back at home. In short, we are all here because we care and we are trying to make a difference. We’re all part of that small group of citizens that will serve others not expecting anything in return, and we do it because we care. We do it because our best interest is to improve our citizens’ quality of life.
Some of us have tougher tasks and burdens than others, but we don’t complain. We take ahold of the situations and deal with it. Because that’s how the dice were rolled! And the best part of it is that we love our jobs! We love what we do, and no one will take that passion away from us.
And that’s that kind of people I’m grateful for having met in this association. People who are brave enough and determined to change the things that seemed to have no hope. People who are trailblazers and aren’t afraid to cut new trails and paths in their communities, bringing a new day of hope for the helpless victims of crimes.
Every one of you Chief Deputies have taught me things that I will never forget. Whether it has to do with my career in law enforcement or more on the personal side. I’ve learned from all of you that in this association we take care of each other, not because were a bunch of Texas Chief Deputies, but because we’re family. We have each other’s back!
Chiefs, all of you play an important role, not only in my life, but in your entire communities. You are the light at the end of the tunnel. You are the hope for the helpless. You are the one our LORD has chosen to serve and protect the people.
Remember this, we are a family!
Ray Del Bosque