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Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

Candidates for DPD chief advance to interviews

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has narrowed the list of candidates for the city’s chief of police to seven officers and interviewed each on Tuesday.

“I’m pleased to report our progress in this process and know the men and women of DPD look forward to new leadership continuing the work Chief Hall began towards R.E.A.L. change – responsibly, equitably, accountably and legitimately reimagining public safety,” Broadnax said Thursday.

The new chief will replace Chief U. Reneé Hall, who has served since 2017, announced in September her departure at the end of the year.

The candidates are:

  • Albert Martinez – director of security for Dallas Catholic Dioceses/former DPD deputy chief
  • Avery Moore – assistant police chief with DPD
  • Eddie Garcia – chief of police with police department in San Jose, California
  • Jeff Spivey – chief of police with the police department in Irving
  • Malik Aziz – major with DPD
  • Reuben Ramirez – deputy chief with the Dallas Police Department
  • RaShall Brackney – chief of police with the police department in Charlottesville, Virginia

Public Sector Search and Consulting, an executive talent recruitment firm experienced in police chief searches for dozens of cities vetted 36 applicants from across the United States. Council Members’ questions provided to Public Safety Committee Chair Jennifer Gates and candidates’ answers will be pre-recorded for viewing on cable TV and city of Dallas’ social media channels next week.

Additionally, 55 organizations representing neighborhood and business, faith based and non-profit, police oversight and cultural diversity; law enforcement partners; police employee associations; and city executive staff were invited to participate in stakeholder panel interviews beginning Tuesday.

Based on feedback from these discussions, Broadnax will then select final candidates for interviews he will conduct. He expects to select and appoint the next chief in December to start in early 2021.

On Thursday, Broadnax also appointed Lonzo Anderson to serve as interim chief beginning Tuesday.

“I am honored the city manager has asked me to serve as interim police chief during this transition and remain committed to advancing the department’s efforts to address violent crime,” said Anderson, a 23-year veteran of DPD. “I’m grateful to Chief Hall for her leadership and continued service ensuring a smooth transition and will likewise look forward to helping the new chief get up to speed in early 2021.”

 

During the season of giving, Red Cross urges blood donation

December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood this holiday season.

The need for blood doesn’t stop for holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million blood transfusions will be given in the United States. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked to meet patient blood needs.

Make an appointment to give blood with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting https://www.redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Red Cross will be testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

For a list of locations, visit https://www.dallasexaminer.com/category/health.

 

State Fair of Texas awards more than half a million dollars in grants to 59 South Dallas nonprofit organizations

The State Fair of Texas awarded more than $528,000 in grants and sponsorships to 59 organizations in the Southern Sector of Dallas during three grant cycles for 2020. More than $250,000 of the funding was awarded to 34 local nonprofits last week, in the final grant cycle of the year.

“The pandemic and events of this year have brought hardship and loss for many, and some of those most hard-hit include our neighbors,” said State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber. “There is always need in our community, but we know that these grants are exponentially more powerful this year. By partnering with local nonprofits and providing them with financial support and resources, together we increase our impact on the community and will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.”

The State Fair received a competitive pool of grant applications during its three annual cycles for 2020. A committee composed of a diverse group of stakeholders with expertise in nonprofit and grant review processes reviewed applications. Applicants are selected according to their alignment with the Fair’s focus on education, capacity building, and economic development targeting our neighboring zip codes. Criteria for approval assesses the program’s impact in the South Dallas area, collaborations with other local entities, program design along with its implementation and evaluation methods, and overall sustainability of the program. Those receiving funding will allocate the money strategically to build stronger communities in the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhoods, while also combatting new hardships brought on by the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 crisis has presented so many new challenges for our local community and continuing to support these organizations right now is essential to ensuring sustainability for these agencies serving on the front lines, providing necessary resources in this area,” said Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, State Fair of Texas Vice President of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances. “This year has forced us to adapt and find new, innovative ways to stand with our community. In addition to awarding grants, we continued to provide resources helping organizations collaborate to serve more effectively while building their capacity in the process. We also offered virtual signature programs, trainings, and technical assistance to support schools, nonprofits, and local businesses in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.”

See complete list of organizations that received grants at https://www.dallasexaminer.com. To learn more about how to apply for a grant in the future, visit https://www.bigtex.com/grants.

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