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SELMA – There are now four vacancies at the Selma Police Department as two officers have taken positions elsewhere. The department was already seeking to fill two other positions.

Selma Police Officers’ Association President Andrew Guzman reported that Officer Juan Guzman accepted a position as a deputy with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department over the weekend of Dec. 23. Meanwhile, Officer Jesus Mendez has also left the department as of Dec. 26 for a position outside of law enforcement. He will continue as a non-paid reserve with the department.

Juan Guzman was born and raised in Mexico and gained his U.S. citizenship while working at Selma Police Department. He started in 2014 as a reserve and earned his associate’s degree since then. He will be continuing his education.

“It is unfortunate the city of Selma is losing such a great person but Juan must do what is right for himself and his family. His friendship and support will always be welcomed with the SPOA. We will miss him dearly,” Andrew Guzman said.

Mendez served as a police officer for more than 12 years and worked as a detective, a school resource officer and a canine handler.

“Although he hasn’t been with the Selma Police Department long, Mendez is now leaving us for a better opportunity,” Guzman said. “The SPOA thanks Officer Mendez for his service to the citizens of Selma, and wishes him all the best.”

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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