Kim Neal named to police monitor position

Kim Neal was named the City of Fort Worth’s police monitor and will be responsible for leading the effort to finalize the model to be used for independent review of the Fort Worth Police Department.

“We look forward to working with Kim Neal to develop Fort Worth’s program for independent review of the police department in order to increase trust between the community and the department,” City Manager David Cooke said. “We will be relying on Kim’s vast knowledge and experience as we move forward to implement best practices for independent review of police.”

Neal is currently executive director for the Citizens Complaint Authority in Cincinnati. In this role, she oversees the investigations of serious misconduct allegations by Cincinnati police officers including, but not limited to, shots fired, deaths in custody, uses of force and improper procedures with the ultimate goal of addressing residents’ concerns and improving residents’ perceptions of the Cincinnati Police Department.

Under Neal’s direction, the Citizens Complaint Authority serves as a voice for residents to be treated with dignity and respect through democratic policing and the power of the community to shape policing practices and standards.

Prior to the Citizens Complaint Authority, Neal held other senior-level positions in other major cities in the areas of policy, employment, higher education, compliance, ethics, privacy and information disclosure in the public sector at different levels of government, and in the private sector in the fields of utilities, government contracting and legal.

Neal also served as professor of legal studies at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md.

Neal earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University and juris doctorate from University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition, she has certifications in compliance and ethics.

Neal is a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate in Hamilton County, Ohio. She is an active member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Ethics and Compliance Initiative and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

The police monitor appointment stems from a recommendation made by Fort Worth’s Task Force on Race and Culture.

Neal is expected to begin work in Fort Worth by early March.

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Coach Dodge Named 2019 Tom Landry Coach of the Year

In a ceremony on Monday, December 9, Dragon Football coach Riley Dodge was named the 2019 Landry Award Coach of the Year.

The Landry Award also recognizes a Coach of the Year, who exemplifies the Christian values that defined Tom Landry on and off the field. A coach’s job is first about teaching life skills and molding young lives. They are shaping young people into the leaders of tomorrow. So many coaches in North Texas donate their time to be more than just a coach to kids. They are father figures, friends and, most of all, role models. They nurture them with unconditional love and turn them into the kind of adults that today’s world needs.

The other finalists were: Carlos Lynn, Cedar Hill High School; Michael Odle, Lewisville High School; Marty Secord, Frisco Wakeland High School, and Bob Wager, Arlington Martin High School.

The Dragon recently wrapped up their season with an overall record of 13-1 after falling to Duncanville in the regional final. Since taking over the program, the Dragons are 26-2 under Coach Dodge.

While Steve Keasler is pleased with the outcome on the field, he is more impressed with the way Coach Dodge leads the players off the field.

“Having a successful program on the field is important, but we are in the business of getting kids ready for the real world,” Keasler said. “Coach Dodge and his program are about family, faith, and football they spend just as much time working on teaching and preparation for the competition as he does building character, resiliency, and toughness with his players. He is setting them up for success both on the field, in the classroom, and in the future.” We have one of the best coaches leading one of the best programs in the state. I am extremely proud of him and his staff.

CBS 11 will air the ceremony Friday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Three Dragon Musicians Named to TMEA All-State

Dragon Jazz Orchestra members Chase Adams and Tori Thomas were named to the elite TMEA All-State Jazz Ensembles, and junior violinist Grace Xu was named an All-State member in the TMEA Sinfonietta Orchestra. In all, five Dragons in the Carroll Jazz program placed in the top 15 in the State on their instruments.

For Chase and Tori, the audition process began with thousands of students auditioning at the Region level around the State in September and culminated in the selection of two 20-member jazz ensembles this week. Chase will be playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble 1, and Tori will be playing tenor saxophone in Jazz Ensemble 2. The ensembles will rehearse and perform at the annual Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio February 12-15.

“Making All-State is a major goal for any motivated band student in the State, and Tori and Chase worked so hard all throughout the Summer and Fall to achieve it,” said David Lown, CISD Director of Jazz Bands. “It’s awesome to see them reap the rewards of their hard work. They have a really great opportunity in store for them now as they head to their bands with the other top musicians in Texas.”

Grace will also be attending the TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February, attending rehearsals throughout the week and performing a convert with the all-state orchestra Sunday afternoon. “We are super excited for Grace and this accomplishment,” said Dragon Band Director Ken Johnson. “We cannot wait to see her excel at the convention and look forward to seeing her represent Carroll ISD in the all state-orchestra.”

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Fort Worth named a Tree City USA — for the 40th consecutive year

Fort Worth was again named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Fort Worth is the oldest and longest-running Tree City USA in Texas, a designation the city first received in 1978.

Fort Worth achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forest budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Fort Worth received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 19th year, highlighting innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry.

Fort Worth has promoted sound urban forestry practices since 1873, when the city charter declared it illegal to hitch a horse to a tree. The city hired its first arborist in the 1920s.

The Forestry Section of the Park and Recreation Department plays an important role in continuing Fort Worth’s green legacy. Forestry plants and maintains trees, as well as gives residents the skills they need to care for the city’s urban forest. The Forestry Section includes 20 employees.

Forestry crews also ensure the safety of residents by removing hazardous limbs and trees on city property, and by responding after storms to clear debris and other hazards from city streets.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

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Price named to leadership role in Conference of Mayors

Mayor Betsy Price was named to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board during the group’s annual meeting.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

The Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee on all matters of policy and program.

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Burghdoff, Gunn named interim assistant city managers

City Manager David Cooke appointed two seasoned veterans of municipal government as interim assistant city managers, replacing longtime city employee Susan Alanis, who will become chief operating officer at Tarrant County College District in July.

Dana Burghdoff, a 20-year employee, will oversee the Planning & Development, Water, and Transportation & Public Works departments, as well as the city’s relationship with the Fort Worth Zoo, upcoming changes at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and mass transit initiatives.

Burghdoff has previously worked as deputy director of the Planning & Development Department.

Kevin Gunn, who has worked for the city since December 2014, will oversee the Information Technology Services, Finance and Property Management departments. Gunn previously had been director of ITS and was serving on an interim basis as director of the Financial Management Services Department.

Burghdoff and Gunn join assistant city managers Jay Chapa, Fernando Costa and Valerie Washington.

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Zeno named City of Fort Worth CFO

Reginald (Reggie) Zeno has been named director of the Financial Management Services Department and CFO of the City of Fort Worth.

Zeno has been finance director for the City of Cincinnati since June 2010. He was finance director for the City of New Orleans from 2002-2010 and held chief of staff and budget director positions for Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana from 2000-2002. He also worked for the New Orleans Public Schools from 1980-2000 in several positions, including interim chief financial officer for several years.

Zeno is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, where he serves as a reviewer for the Distinguished Budget Award Program.

Zeno holds bachelor of science in business administration and master of business administration degrees from Tulane University.

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Sgt. Manny Ramirez named to 40 Under 40

The Fort Worth Business Press named Manny Ramirez, a Fort Worth Police sergeant and Police Officers Association president, among the 2019 honorees of its 40 Under 40 Awards.

Ramirez, 31, was born and raised in Fort Worth. He has worked as a patrol officer, gang enforcement officer, hostage negotiator, robbery detective and sergeant. He has received multiple awards for lifesaving efforts and dedicated service. Most recently, he was awarded the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas 2018 Officer of the Year Award.

Ramirez is an alumni of W.E. Boswell High School, Tarleton State University and Texas Christian University. He is an Advisory Council member for the Salvation Army DFW.

The 40 Under 40 Awards honor young Fort Worth residents who are part of the next generation that will make Tarrant County a great place to live and work.

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TCC Trinity River President S. Sean Madison Named Presidential Fellow by Aspen Institute

Tarrant County College Trinity River President S. Sean Madison, Ed.D. is one of 40 educators recently named to the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for College Excellence. Beginning July 2019, Madison and his cohort of Aspen Presidential Fellows will participate in a 10-month leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market.

“Evidence shows that substantial improvements in student success are achieved

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Tarrant County College Student-Led Newspaper Named Best in Texas

Tarrant County College’s student-run newspaper, The Collegian, was named University and College Newspaper of Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors at the organization’s 2019 convention held earlier month. TCC eclipsed numerous four-year schools including Lamar University, Baylor University, Texas Tech University and Texas State University to take top honors.

The Collegian won the University and College Category in the statewide competition that recognizes excellence in journalism. Each year, TAPME joins the Headliners Foundation of Texas to recognize outstanding journalism

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