City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.
Michael R. Hansen, a 35-year career law enforcement officer, has been named the City of Schertz Police Chief. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Police in Conroe, north of Houston, and starts his new position March 18.
Hansen succeeds Chief Don Taylor who retired in July 2012. Assistant Police Chief Michael Harris has served in the interim.
Chief Hansen has been with the City of Conroe as it grew from a population of approximately 25,000 in 1984 to more than 55,000 today. His experience as part of that growth will be crucial as the City of Schertz and its police department grow over the next decade.
While in Conroe, Chief Hansen was instrumental in establishing curriculum for and the running of a police academy, now in its fourth year of operation.
Chief Hansen has a proven record as a team builder within a police department and a bridge builder between the department and the community it serves and protects.
Mayor Michael Carpenter said: “I am excited about what our new chief will bring to Schertz and I look forward to meeting him.”
“Chief Hansen’s experience and personality are exactly what we were looking for in a chief to serve our police department, the city organization, and the whole community, ” said City Manager John Kessel.
In fact, the community took part in selecting the new chief from a list of highly qualified applicants, Kessel said.
“Chief Hansen was the successful candidate out of a highly inclusive and rigorous assessment process, a process that has set the standard for how we should hire key positions within the City,” he said. The assessment process included a local judge, business owner, school district administrator and two area police chiefs, in addition to key city leadership.
”Chief Hansen has the right personality from drive to team building to working with the community to developing a progressive yet family-oriented police department with the goal of becoming a leading department across the state over the next 10-20 years,” the City Manager said.
Kessel said Chief Hansen will hit the ground running and have a shorter learning curve because of the Schertz Police Department’s already established regional leadership and top quality officers. The City Manager thanked Assistant Chief Harris for his leadership in the interim time, praising the department for their accomplishments and successes as the City went through the search for the next police chief.
Chief Hansen said he was excited at the upcoming move and new experiences. “Schertz’s growth brings enormous opportunities with its challenges. I look forward to both. I am honored and humbled to have been provided this opportunity to join both the city government and police department teams.”
The new Schertz Police Chief added: “I truly hope that my experiences in another rapidly growing community will provide some insight as our teams evolve to meet the ever increasing needs of this community.
“I look forward to working with the men and women of the Schertz Police Department as we continue to provide service that is a source of pride to the community. I come with an open mind and a passion for community service, professionalism and ethics,” he said.
Chief Hansen has served in various positions with the Conroe Police Department since 1984 including: SWAT Team Commander, Patrol Division Commander, Support Services Commander and Professional Services Commander.
The veteran officer also previously worked for the Houston Police Department and the Southside Place Police Department. Chief Hansen holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Chief Hansen has received numerous awards and honors including being named Conroe Police Department Officer of the Year.
Schertz EMS will hold a blood drive Tuesday, February 12, from 8:00 AM to 1:15 PM. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center bloodmobile will be in front of the Schertz Community Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 3.
All donors will receive a Spurs T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of Spurs tickets.
Please give the gift that keeps on giving. For more information call EMS at (210) 619-1400.
Mayor Michael Carpenter is flanked by Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders (GRA-TRAils) Trail Boss Joe Coldewey (left) and Kerr Kountry Trail Riders Trail Boss David Wiedenfeld at Pickrell Park Tuesday, Feb. 7, as the two trail rider groups made their annual stop for food, fun and fellowship in Schertz. The mayor presented plaques of appreciation to the trail bosses who reciprocated with plaques of appreciation to the city and city staff and volunteers who served a lunch of hearty stew prepared by HEB.
Mayor Michael Carpenter (left) swears in City Councilman Cedric Edwards Sr. as new Mayor Pro Tem during Tuesday night’s (Feb. 4) City Council meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Edwards will serve in that position for the next six months. He replaces Councilman George Antuna Jr. who was Mayor Pro Tem for an extended period of time until voters elected the new mayor in November. (Photo by Chris Matzenbacher.)
View Ordinance No. 13-F-03 for more information concerning the pending Schertz Ordinance that will grant:
“CIBOLO WASTE INCORPORATED, DBA BEXAR WASTE INC., A FRANCHISE FOR MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION, RECYCLING, AND HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL PROGRAM; IMPOSING PROVISIONS AND CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE EXERCISE OF SAME; AND PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES NOT TO EXCEED $200 FOR VIOLATION THEREOF; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT WITH THIS ORDINANCE.”
A much anticipated project reached an important milestone Monday, January 28, when a piece of construction equipment moved the first dirt for the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Schertz.
“The dirt work that started today is so we can build the foundation,” said Steve White, a member of the board of directors for the project. “We hope to have most of the dirt work and the boards up so we can pour the foundation. That step should be complete by about the 15th of February. Our timeline is very flexible. Look for a new sign put up in a week or so, with updated information,” he said.
Here is some more information about the project:
The Veterans Plaza Board in Schertz was formed with the mission of providing a memorial plaza dedicated to honoring all who serve in the uniformed services of the United States of America, past, present, and future.
The Plaza will be constructed on a highly visible tract of land on Schertz Parkway. Not only was this site graciously provided by the City of Schertz, but the City has committed to maintaining the Plaza once it is completed.
The Plaza will be a pentagon over a star with its five tips pointing to individual monuments representing the five branches of the military. A smaller pentagon within the star will be the central point of the plaza and contain three flags; national, state, and POW. In front of the central pentagon will be a bronze statue of a young boy saluting a bronze Battle Cross statue situated on a small rocky hill.
To keep up with progress on the project visit veteransplaza.org
The City of Schertz is accepting applications for the position of City Council Place 5 (unexpired term ending November 2013) through Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12 Noon.
Completed applications should be taken to City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building 2, Schertz, TX 78154.
The parking lots at the Schertz Civic Center were packed Saturday, January 26, for a Health and Wholeness Fair presented by the Baptist Emergency Hospital and the Schertz Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Schertz and HEB.
The Fair covered a wide range of health and wellness issue and included free flu shots by Schertz EMS. Schertz resident and KSAT 12 New Anchor Leslie Mouton also spoke about her fight with breast cancer.
The Baptist Emergency Hospital is slated to open in late April at Schertz Parkway and IH-35.
More than 400 enthusiasts participated in 3rd Annual Selma-Schertz “Salute to Service Members” 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning, January 19.
The event benefits Operation Comfort and was sponsored by Texas Physical Therapy Specialists and supported by Schertz and Selma.
Operation Comfort works to provide adaptive sports programs and emergency financial assistance for wounded service members.
Schertz Mayor Carpenter and Selma Mayor Tom Daly greeted the participants and wished everyone good luck. Dr. Michael Kerestztes from Texas Physical Therapy Specialists welcomed all and acknowledged the many volunteers who made this event possible.
The event started and ended at The Bluebonnet Palace, which made its location available to organizers.
Wounded warriors were the first across the starting line, followed quickly by the runners and then the walkers.