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Robert Dominguez named interim police chief

20130220 Robert-Dominguez AsstPoliceChief 0006MISSION – Genealogy enthusiast and Assistant Police Chief Robert Dominguez will be taking on a new role beginning March 1. He has been named interim police chief, taking over for current Police Chief Martin Garza who has been tapped by city fathers as interim City Manager.

Dominguez said he is excited to get this opportunity and looks forward to the challenge.

“Like anything, you never stop growing,” said Dominguez about what he hopes to learn as interim chief. “The day you close that book and stop reading is the day you stop learning.”

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Fire Station No. 3 dedicated to Celestino Ramirez

20130215 FIRESTATIONNO.3 CELESTINO-RAMIREZ DEDICATION CAB 0055 featureMISSION – Last Friday, the City of Mission dedicated Fire Station No. 3, at 1804 N. Shary Rd., in honor of former Mission City Councilman Celestino Ramirez. Ramirez passed away in 2009.

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MCISD honors Joe Correa with ag farm dedication

MISSION—Mission Consolidated Independent School District will hold a dedication ceremony tomorrow at 10 a.m., renaming of the district’s ag farm in honor of longtime agricultural sciences teacher Joe Correa. The new name for the farm is the Jose “Joe” Correa, Jr. Agriculture Science Lab.

The facility is located behind the MCISD Central Kitchen at 1201 W. Griffin Parkway.

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City of Palmhurst participates in Warrant Roundup

PALMHURST – The City of Palmhurst will participate with over 300 other city and county entities throughout the state in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup. The city is looking to close about 2,200 warrants and citations between now and March 10.

City of Palmhurst will be mailing out approximately 2,200 unpaid warrants today, Feb. 15. The city will be seeking out those that have unpaid speeding tickets and other Class C penal law offenses, such as local theft or parking, driving and city ordinance violations. The city has outstanding warrants as far back as 2008.

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La Joya calls home rule charter election

LA JOYA—The La Joya Board of Aldermen Tuesday discussed speed limit changes along Highway 83 within the city limits as well as a special election in May to change the city form of government to a home rule charter.

The city approved a special election scheduled for May 13, seeking voter approval to change the city government from general law to home rule, which gives the city greater powers, such as annexation authority without consent of the property owners affected.

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SISD looks at tax ratification election

MISSION – Sharyland Independent School District will be holding a tax ratification election, although the date has not been set. The tax ratification would not raise taxes, but change how tax dollars are allocated.

At the school district’s board meeting held Monday, Feb. 11, Jesse Muniz, assistant superintendent of business and finance, suggested two proposed calendars to get the information out to the public, setting the proposed tax rate adoption, and having the election for the proposed tax rate.

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MCISD discusses school security improvements

MISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Finance Committee discussed new security options for its campuses on Feb. 6. MCISD Assistant Superintendant for Finance & Operations Lucio Mendoza explained they have worked with the Mission Fire Department and Mission Police Department to develop the proposed changes.

Mendoza showed a video to the committee that depicted gunmen entering a campus and attacking staff and students. He explained they used the video to see what measures can be taken to prevent every move the gunmen make.

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Martin Garza named interim city manager

20130213 JulioCerda MartinGarza 0002MISSION – Mission Police Chief Martin Garza was named interim city manager for the City of Mission Monday, Feb. 11. He will begin his new duties on March 1 when Julio Cerda officially leaves the post.

About being appointed to the position, Garza said he will remain a public servant and is humbled and honored to serve the citizens of Mission in this capacity.

Cerda said Garza would serve in the position the next several months until the city council decides it is time to go forward and make their decision on a permanent city manager.

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