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From Marines to DPS

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record


Born in Vicksburg, Michigan and having grown up in Logan, Ohio, Christopher Olvera has since made his way to Cuero, thanks in part to his wife, Sonia, who is from Victoria. Following 21 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety as a state trooper and came to Cuero in August.

After graduating from Logan High School in 1993, Olvera joined the Marines. He remained active with the Marines until his retirement in 2014.

During his time in the Marines, he met his now wife while in Phoenix, Arizona in 2003. They married six years later in 2009.

“She’s from Victoria,” Olvera said. “That’s how I’m here. We were both in the Marine Corps. She did 11 years.”

Upon initial entry into the Marines, he had envisioned a path into law enforcement, but it took some time until that goal was achieved.

“It’s always been an interest but seemed like the right path,” he said. “I looked at a bunch of different agencies.”

Texas DPS stood out as the best fit for him. Olvera started in The Woodlands division stationed in Conroe for four years before moving to Corpus Christi in November of 2018. Cuero had an opening, and they made their way here only two months ago.

“I’ve always enjoyed the area,” he said of Cuero.

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