Rudy Mendoza

Rudy Mendoza, left, will be Tolleson’s new police chief in January, after Wayne Booher retires.

After 28 years with the Tolleson Police Department, the last four as police chief, Wayne Booher will retire in January.

“We have come a long way since the agricultural times, and I am honored to have served you and your families,” he said. 

Rudy Mendoza, a 20-year veteran of the Tolleson Police Department, will be the new police chief.

Mendoza began his career with the Tolleson Police Department in 2000 as a dispatcher. Ten months later, he was hired as a Tolleson patrol office. He was later promoted to sergeant and became a commander in 2017.

He first served under Larry Rodriguez, who was Tolleson’s police chief for 17 years before retiring and giving way to Booher.

“Over the past 20 years the Tolleson Police Department has continued to grow and improve,” Mendoza said. “This certainly can be attributed to the wonderful people we have working here as well as my two predecessors, Chief Rodriguez and Chief Booher. Through their leadership they have raised the bar and expectations for the police department.”

Tolleson City Manager Reyes Medrano Jr. praised Booher and said Mendoza “is more than prepared to meet the challenge.”