Catching illegal dumpers will be Robert “Robbie” Guerrero’s main responsibility, along with making sure Bee County’s general environment remains in the best shape possible. He was hired recently as the county’s new code enforcement officer.
BEEVILLE – Most of the longtime lawmen working around Bee County have known the county’s new Community Affairs code enforcement officer since he was just a boy.
Robert “Robbie” Guerrero’s father, Carlos “Cookie” Guerrero, was a legend around here. He spent 28 years behind the Beeville Police Department’s radio as the dispatcher from midnight until the day shift came in to replace him.
The younger Guererro brings that same smiling face and positive attitude to the job that his father maintained all those years.
Naturally, Guerrero was born and grew up here, graduating from A.C. Jones High School in 1990.
From high school, Guerrero did what many young men do. He worked in a grocery store. He stayed at Stanley’s and married in 1995. Then in 1997, Guerrero went to work as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Garza East Unit.
Guerrero took classes at Coastal Bend College, working on his associate’s degree in law enforcement. He has only a few more hours to take before he completes that course of study.
In 2005, the young man moved to a position as a sergeant at the Karnes County Correctional Center where he spent another three years.
From there, he took a job with a security contractor in Corpus Christi. That company assigned him to work as a security guard at the Valero Refinery at Three Rivers.
Guerrero stayed at that job until last month when Community Affairs Director Johnny Carabajal hired him to take over the job he once held.
Residents of the county who allow illegal dumping to take place on their property may get a chance to meet the new officer in the near future.
Catching illegal dumpers will be Guerrero’s main responsibility, along with making sure Bee County’s general environment remains in the best shape possible.
When Guerrero is not on the job, he likes to hunt and fish.
“I have two children,” he said. One is 19, and the other is 10 years younger.
His other favorite pastime is watching professional football.
“My favorite team is the Cowboys,” he said.
Looking around, his office would pretty much give away that little secret.