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Welcome New Police Chief Ed Drain on Feb. 24
City Council has finalized the hiring of Ed Drain as the new Plano Police chief. His official first day is Monday, Feb. 24 and it's a big one. Watch for details about his swearing in and welcome reception in an upcoming issue.

Drain returns to Plano from the Amarillo Police Department where he's served since October 2016 as Police Chief. His career in law enforcement began in 1994 in Plano where he worked in Patrol, the Neighborhood Police Unit and Traffic Investigations. He was also on our SWAT Team and Bomb Squad, progressing through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. In 2006, Chief Greg Rushin appointed Drain as his Assistant Chief, a position he held for 10 years. During that time, Drain managed all operational areas of the department: Patrol Services, Criminal Investigations and Support Services. He was deeply involved in our community, serving on the Samaritan Inn Executive Board, Advisory Council for the Salvation Army, Plano Metro Rotary Club and the Executive Board for CASA of Collin County.  

Before law enforcement, Chief Drain served in the U.S. Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer. After active military service, he was in the Army Reserves. In 2004, he was recalled to active duty and assigned to the Third U.S. Army Corps in Iraq where he was awarded a Bronze Star and other military decorations. Chief Drain retired from the Army Reserves in 2007 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years of active and reserve military service.

Chief Drain is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) School of Police Supervision and the School of Executive Leadership. As a graduate of the FBI National Academy, he's also certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as an instructor and Master Peace Officer. Chief Drain's education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Certification in Public Management from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Amberton University.  

We are very excited to welcome Chief Drain and his wife Linda home to Plano.
Put Your Business on the Right Track with a Mentor
Receive free business coaching from a SCORE Mentor beginning Thursday, Feb. 6 at Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Rd. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is the nation’s largest network of expert business mentors dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and grow. Bring your questions or business challenges to a mentor for practical business advice. Appointments for this free service are available Thursdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or noon. Schedule a one-on-one session with SCORE at 214-987-9491.

If you aren't sure your ready for a private session, attend an upcoming class:
(meet mentor Don Walter)
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Rd.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Pkwy.
Plano Public Library supports career and business pursuits with access to Lynda.com , Reference USA and programs on soft skills, job search, time management and more. Explore the latest edition of Engage for more library programs and classes.

On Monday, Jan. 20, we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Some city services are not available. Trash and recycling collection is one day later. Plano Public Library locations and drop boxes are closed Sunday, Jan. 19 through Monday, Jan. 20.

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Ave.

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the regular Planning & Zoning Commission meeting is on Tuesday next week. 

Thursday, Feb. 6
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Hilton Granite Park
5805 Granite Pkwy.

Plano’s 2020 State of the City is offered as part of the Plano Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Tickets for the luncheon event are available through the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

The City begins review of its Comprehensive Plan on Saturday, Jan. 11. Receive email updates on the Comprehensive Plan Review process, including the work of the ad hoc advisory Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.

Enjoy all of Plano’s city pools and recreation centers for just $19 a month. Family memberships are just $49 per month.

Exposure to a second language at a young age considerably improves a child's early literacy development. With a combination of flash cards, DVDs and games, the bilingual backpacks help English-speaking children learn a new language and support English as a Second Language (ESL) children with their English skills. Watch as Janet shares her experience with Bilingual Backpacks.
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