City of Terrell

Director of Human Resources Carol Holland (left) and Mayor Pro Tem Grady Simpson (second from left) congratulated employees (from left) Jamarcus Ayers, Ricky Mendez and Arley Samson for attaining advanced certifications in their respective fields. Also pictured: Interim City Manager Mike Sims (right).

Terrell City Council recently recognized three City of Terrell employees for receiving advanced certifications in their respective fields. Terrell Police Department Captain Arley Sansom, Assistant Manager of Inspection/Code Enforcement Supervisor Ricky Mendez and Housing Director Jamarcus Ayers all were recognized for completing continuing education and training.

Arley Sansom is a recent graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigators (FBI) Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is one of 256 law enforcement officers who graduated from the 10-week by-invitation-only program.

Sansom began his employment as a patrol officer for the City of Terrell in 1987. He attended the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy in Arlington, graduating in March of 1988.

 During his tenure, he has served the agency as a patrol officer, D.A.R.E. officer/Juvenile Investigator, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, SWAT team leader, SWAT commander, Patrol Lieutenant and Captain of both the Patrol Division and Administrative Divisions, respectively during his near 32-year tenure. He

 Sansom, who holds a Master Peace Officer License, has completed thousands of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) additional training hours.

Ricky Mendez recently acquired his State Plumbing Inspectors license. This certification requires many hours of on-the-job experience alongside a licensed inspector, numerous specialized training courses, and passing the state test. The failure rate for this test is 70 percent; however, Mendez passed on his first attempt. 

Mendez joined the City of Terrell in 2012 as the Code Enforcement Supervisor and Section 8 Housing Inspector. In 2016, utilizing the knowledge gained in his years as a residential builder, he took on additional duties as a building inspector.

Along the way, he has acquired several certifications, including Registered Code Enforcement Officer, Code Enforcement Officer II, HCV Housing Quality Standards Specialist, ICC/AACe Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector and ICC Residential Plumbing Inspector.  He is a graduate of the Kaufman County Leadership Program.

Jamarcus Ayers recently received the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Certification. The certification is designed to encourage a level of knowledge and professionalism in the field of government finance and encourage development and maintenance of professional competence for practicing governmental finance officers. 

Ayers began his career with the City of Terrell in 2010. He began his tenure as a Chief Maintenance Operator, Water Quality Division. He promoted to Project Manager in the Engineering Department and was responsible for the construction of Terrell Police Headquarters.

In December of 2018, Ayers promoted to Housing Director. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Business/Accounting.

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