Editor’s note: Below is list of City of Terrell happenings from the City of Terrell.
- Think you know all there is to know about the City of Terrell? Director of Human Resources Carol Hollland invites you to join in on an opportunity to learn more about city government through Terrell Citizens University, a free eight-week Thursday evening class where citizens get the inside scoop on how city departments City of Terrell Communitywork. For more information or to request an application, call 972-551-6600, ext. 252 or download an application from the city’s website. The session begins Aug. 1, 2019. Oh, and by the way, they feed you too!
- And the winner is . . . Jack Jones. Mr. Jones was recently honored by Terrell City Council with a proclamation for his decades of service dating back to the early ‘70s. Just how many individuals do you know that could rival this man’s servant’s heart? School board member, City Council member, soccer coach, Terrell Economic Development Corporation Chairman . . . and the list goes on. Well done, good and faithful servant! His wife Pat was presented a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation for her support of her husband during his long running tenure as a public servant. As a side note, Mayor Rick Carmona, also a former EDC Chairman, had the honor of presenting the proclamation to his mentor. Among those attending the festivities were former County Judge Bruce Wood, vice chairman of the Terrell EDC, and sidekicks, twin grandsons Austin and Preston.
- Newly elected District 3 City Council member Mayrani Velazquez joined the mayor, Mayor Pro Tem Grady Simpson and Councilman Charles Whitaker at the annual Juneteenth Celebration at Breezy Hill Park. Others who took part in the festivities included Judge James Williams, Reggie Pegram, J. C. Jackson, Harold Wilson, Stephanie Thomas and Leonard Lancaster, just to name a few.
- Congratulations to Terrell Police Department Captain Arley Sansom who recently joined the ranks of graduates from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Graduates of the by-invitation-only 10-week program complete coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.
- State Representative Keith Bell (R-Forney) shared news from Austin during last week’s noon Lions Club meeting. Lions Club member Charles Whitaker, also a member of the Terrell City Council, was joined by fellow Council members who took the opportunity to get a legislative update from the Capitol. Lions Club members in attendance included former Airport Board member Juan Salazar and community leader Joe Hood.
- Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Tim Royse . . . bidding his son Andrew farewell as he embarked on his nine-week Navy bootcamp.
- Happy belated birthday to Mayor Rick Carmona and City Attorney Mary Gale Ramsey – who celebrated their special days just one day apart, June 20 and June 21 respectively.
- Congrats to Ricky Mendez, Assistant Director of Building Inspections for the City of Terrell, who recently received his state certification as a plumbing inspector.
- Applause for Terrell Housing Director Jamarcus Ayers who recently received his Government Finance Officer (CGFO) Certification through the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT).