October 2020 Monthly Newsletter
Distributed at the beginning of each month, this monthly newsletter provides updates on events and relevant city & community activity.
City Council updates are sent separately after monthly meetings.
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City Council and Board & Commission Meetings
Jacksonville City Hall, 315 S. Ragsdale St. (unless noted)
  • Jacksonville Public Library Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 6th @ 5:15pm
at City Hall
  • City Council Agenda Workshop
  • Thursday, October 8th @ 12pm
at City Hall
  • Regular City Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 13th @ 6pm
  • Vanishing Texana Museum Board Meeting
  • Monday, October 19th @ 5:15pm
at Vanishing Texana Museum, 302 S. Bolton St.
  • Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 20th @ 8:30am
at City Hall
The City of Jacksonville
is now working under the adopted
FY 2020-2021 Budget.
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The Jacksonville Police Department announced the promotion of three officers during a ceremony held at City Hall on September 8th.
Chief Joe Williams spoke about the recognition of these promoted officers: "It's always enjoyable to watch officers and supervisors take on new roles. Having supervisors that possess exceptional supervisory an leadership skills is vital in our mission to provide exceptional police services to our community".
Cpt. Nathan Winship
Sgt. T.J. Allen
Sgt. Darrell Hollis
Swearing in of New JPD Officers 2020
New Officers Swearing In Ceremony

The following are new officers who were recognized and sworn in during the September 8th ceremony at City Hall:
Kenneth Baker
David Berryman
Justin Phillips
Tony Smith
New, 2020 JPD Employees who were also recognized
at the September 8th ceremony:
Ofc. Houston Munsinger, Ofc. Aaron Trumbule, Ofc. Noah Acker, Dispatcher Megan Conerly, Dispatcher Larena Barnes, Dispatcher Lorinda Chancelor, Dispatcher Melissa Russell and Animal Control Officer, Cinda Owen.
K9 Officer Retirement
New K9 Team Placement

K9, Niko, retired from the police department on September 18, 2020. Niko retired after his partner was promoted to Captain.
Captain Markasky is able to keep Niko at home with him and will continue to work on his skills.

New K9, Rambo, joined the department with his partner, Officer Torres. Rambo was donated to JPD by an non-profit organization called K9Officers.org.
Rambo and Torres completed a fie week academy together and are now actively serving our community.

After seeing a post on our
Animal Shelter Facebook page
showing kittens for adoption,
this child begged her parents to bring her to the shelter to adopt a kitten. She couldn't decide on just one, so her parents adopted three!
A funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Autry Funeral Home Pavilion in Jacksonville.

Danny Bristow, Chaplain of the Fire Department of Tyler, will officiate.
In Memory of Former
FD Chief Paul White
Former City of Jacksonville Fire Chief, Paul White, passed away on September 28, 2020 at the age of 72.

Chief White served the Jacksonville Fire Department for six years: 2008 - 2014. Before coming to Jacksonville, Paul retired from the Houston Fire Department as a District Chief. He would later serve as a Fire Chief for the cities of Tyler, Irving, San Angelo, Tyler again, and then eventually Jacksonville.

Current Jacksonville Fire Chief, Keith Fortner, commented upon the news of Chief White's passing: "Chief White brought a certain level of sophistication to the department. He arranged for all Firefighters to be equipped with a Class A uniform, which are military style formal suits to be worn on special occasions. We didn't understand the importance of this at the time, but would come to appreciate this as we found ourselves clothed in them for situations ranging from funerals to celebratory occasions. Chief White was very involved in the community and developed a strong relationship that would serve as a foundation for future growth. We are all very proud of the legacy that Chief Paul White left with the Fire Department and will greatly miss him."
New Paramedic - John Velez
JFD welcomed Paramedic John Velez to the department in September.

Velez was an EMT with UT in Tyler for four years before coming to work in Jacksonville. "I am excited to come to work every day for such a welcoming community," said Velez.

Welcome to Jacksonville, John!
Public & Community Services installed the new, updated Lake Jacksonville and Recreation Area sign to welcome visitors to our lake and concession area.
Buzzard Relocation Scheduled
In an effort to relocate the buzzards from the concession area at the lake, the City is cooperating with Texas Parks and Wildlife with the use of flash bang cartridges and launchers in order to encourage the buzzards to move onto a new home.

The start date of this plan is set for Monday, October 5th around sunset. These measures would continue each evening around sunset until a dramatic decline in the number of buzzards are noticed.
Jacksonville College Golf Tournament
Approximately 100 golfers, some from the Houston area, participated in the annual Jacksonville College Golf Tournament that was held at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club on September 12th. We even had members from our JFD and JPD there to participate as "Team Safety"!

The Explore Jacksonville amenity trailer was also onsite to support this great event!
September Beautiful Yard Awards:
  • Gregg & Chris Ayers - 309 Myrtle Drive
  • Miguel & Patricia Mondono - 733 S. Bonner St.

September Beauty and Business Awards:
  • Wallwork by Judy - 701 S. Bolton
  • Fellowship Bible Church - 1817 E. Rusk St.

August Beautiful Yard Awards: (not pictured)
  • Womack Residence - 1917 O'Keefe
  • Whitney Graham - Ritual Hotel - 540 El Paso St.

August Beauty and Business Awards: (not pictured)
  • Homes & Properties Realty - 1915 S. Jackson St.
  • Pizza Hut - 1608 S. Jackson St.
To learn more about the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Committee,
or to donate, please email KJB at the below link.
Please include your name and phone number.
City of Jacksonville, Texas
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