Nueces County Fire Marshal resigns before the hot summer

Nueces County Fire Marshal Jose Olivares, who was scrutinized last week for not obtaining certain state fire certifications within six months of his hire date, has resigned from the position.

Canales, who hired Olivares, to lead the newly-established office in November 2020, said the fire marshal was a key player within the office of emergency management, which she oversees as county judge. Although many residents believe that the office was used to add more goverment and tax money for votes.

According to the Caller Times, Canales condemned two commissioners — Precinct 4 commissioner Brent Chesney and Precinct 1 commissioner Robert Hernandez — who questioned Olivares and his efforts to obtain the certifications. Those questions, she said, were politically motivated.