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Agustin Dovalina

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Dovalina is descended from a pioneer family which established Laredo in 1755. He is a cousin of former Laredo City Manager Lazaro "Larry" Dovalina]] (born 1947) and former Laredo Community College president Ramon Humberto Dovalina, Sr. (born 1943). The son of Mr. and Mrs. Agustin Dovalina, Jr., Dovalina graduated in 1973 from Martin High School in Laredo, at which he was a talented band member. He then attended the [[University of Texas at Austin]] from 1973 to 1976, having studied music education. Dovalina was the baritone section leader for the UT marching band and was a member of the university's jazz and wind ensembles as well as the Austin Symphony. He was a member of two [[Roman Catholic]] church choirs.<ref>{{cite web|url=|author=Ashley Richards|title= The Rise and Fall of a Police Chief|publisher=''Laredo Morning Times''|date=November 11, 2007|page=1, 14A}}</ref>
Dovalina left UT to become a municipal bridge toll collector on the [[Rio Grande]] border. On August 7, 1978, he became a city patrolman. According to records in his personnel file released through the ''Laredo Morning Times,'' Dovalina scored the highest among his peers on a lieutenant eligibility test in 1989 and was hence promoted to that rank. While at the police department, he attended the former Laredo Junior College , the predecessor institution to Laredo Community College, from 1990 to 1992, at which he earned an associate's degree in law enforcement. He continued his police education in 1994 at the [[University of Virginia]] in [[Charlottesville]] and subsequently graduated from the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] National Academy. He earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in criminal justice from [[Texas A&M International University]] in Laredo. He also taught occasionally on an adjunct basis at Laredo Community College.<ref>{{cite web|url= http://www.cityoflaredo/policenew/index/chiefdovalina/chiefsbio.htm|author=Ashley Richards|title=The Rise and Fall of a Police Chief|publisher=''Laredo Morning Times''|date=November 11, 2007|page=1, 14A}}</ref>
Dovalina is a master Mason. His wife, the former Mucia Castillo (born 1959), has been the public relations representative for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The two met while both worked at the Laredo Police Department. According to a copy of a ''Laredo Morning Times'' article in Dovalina's personnel file, Mucia said that Dovalina proposed to her three months after they met. The couple has five children: Monica (born 1977), Sunshine (born 1981), Kristyn (born 1984), Chelsea (born 1989), and Agustin, IV (born 1994).<ref>Ashley Richards, "The Rise and Fall of a Police Chief", ''Laredo Morning Times,'', November 11, 2007, pp. 1, 14A.</ref>
==Accomplishments as police chief==
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