When Adam Rodriguez recently retired from the Victoria Police Department, his natural curiosity prompted him to look into doing something new.
Now, the 27-year law enforcement veteran has joined the University of Houston-Victoria campus as a police officer for the UH Police Department.
“During my time serving the Victoria community, I’ve been watching UHV grow,” Rodriguez said. “The university’s master plan is exciting, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of those efforts.”
Rodriguez will be working under Travis Gundelach, a UH Police Department sergeant who oversees police and campus security at UHV. Rodriguez’s main responsibilities will be to patrol the Victoria campus, perform security checks, handle investigations and respond to any incidents.
“Adam and I have worked together and known each other for many years,” Gundelach said. “He has always been a pleasure to work with, and I don’t think there’s any situation in law enforcement that he hasn’t handled. He will be an outstanding asset to UHV.”
Rodriguez first became interested in law enforcement when he was a child. His neighbor worked in the field, and Rodriguez loved listening to his stories. Rodriguez attended the police academy at Delmar College in Corpus Christi and joined the Sinton Police Department in 1990.
In 2000, he joined the Victoria Police Department as a patrol officer. He was promoted to detective as a member of the auto theft task force in 2005 and then to patrol sergeant in 2012. He retired from the department in 2016. Now he is looking forward to being part of the university’s continued growth.
“I already love being part of UHV,” Rodriguez said. “The people are so nice, and there’s a lot of exciting developments happening. I’m looking forward to the fall and meeting all of the students.”