Congratulations Peter Burns! Well deserved.News alert! We are proud to announce the 2019 Frisco Distinguished Veteran Award goes to ... Peter Burns!
After I was elected I worked with the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee to create this award for a veteran living in Frisco who continues to serve. We wanted to highlight an individual who exemplifies the greatness of what America stands for and the strong Frisco ethic of giving back. If you know Peter Burns, then you know he is someone who has a passion for serving others and we, in Frisco, are the fortunate recipients of his goodness. If you have experienced Mindbenders or the Frisco Chambers YEA (Young Entrepreneurs Academy), then you know Peter Burns is the heart and soul of these organizations. Peter serves young people and helps them to think bigger. Peter serves in so many capacities and influencing many organizations.
Peter, I am so honored that you are the Frisco Distinguished Veteran for 2019. Thank you, FVAC Chair Rob Altman and the FVAC team for making this happen.
We will be honoring Peter at an upcoming City Council meeting with a proclamation. We had many deserving nominees this year but Peter was the standout. Please join with me in congratulating Peter Burns as the recipient of the 2019 Frisco Distinguished Veteran Award. See his bio to learn more about Peter. -------------------------------- Peter Burns has over 30 years of leadership and management experience. His professional background includes 20 years of service with the United States Army Signal Corps (retired) and he is currently a Business Development and Technical Tendering Manager for Nokia, responsible for network integration and professional services in North America. Peter has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and completed the Entrepreneurial Development series with the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Peter is actively involved in his church and his community, serving as a Board member for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Frisco Education Foundation, Frisco Public Art and Junior Achievement of Dallas. He serves on the Leadership Frisco Advisory Council, is Program Manager for the Frisco Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) and is Chairman of Mindbender Academy, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEaM) camp that encourages students to consider STEaM as a profession. Peter has received a Congressional Veteran Commendation, was named 2017 Frisco Style Magazine Person of the Year, 2014 Frisco Chamber Citizen of the Year, received the Badmus Law firm 2013 Immigrant Spirit Award and runner-up for the Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award. Peter and his wife Dana live in Frisco and have three children and three grandchildren. ... See MoreSee Less
Its not everyday we have the opportunity to swear in a new Police Chief. In the 15 years I've lived here this will make only our 3rd Police Chief (Chief Renshaw and Chief Bruce both retired). Frisco has been blessed with outstanding leaders throughout the city, but within the Police Department in particular.
Chief Shilson has been with the city for nearly 2 decades and is well known throughout our community.
Throughout the process I heard from all corners of the community telling us how positive they were about the Police Department and its interactions with the community. I know Chief Shilson will continue to carry that banner and I look forward to his leadership.
Congratulations David Shilson.During tonight’s council meeting, Mayor Jeff Cheney administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Frisco Police Department Chief David Shilson. Get to know more about the City of Frisco's ninth Police Chief in this video: youtu.be/S_AAk6TFxXo... See MoreSee Less
No, really? Next they'll notice that the sun rises every day.
Yes, you do.
And I’m willing to bet every single member of the Frisco City Council + Mayor voted for the Republican Reps who are part of the “let’s strip local control and screw the cities” campaign.
Especially on the HD106 side, where a city council member worked on that campaign & continues to post his fundraising events.
I don’t know about everyone else, but actually voting for the people who will hurt our cities because “that’s my political party 🤷♂️” is immediate disqualification from serving locally.
That gonna stop any time soon?....
Had a great conversation last night with some very engaged young men. Great questions from all of them!Thank you to Mr. Bill Woodard, Frisco Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Place 4, for your support of Scouting and for visiting with our Arrow of Light Den to help them earn their Building a Better World Pin. We learned a lot about our city’s past and future. For more information about Mr. Woodard and our local Frisco government, visit www.friscotexas.gov/1298/Bill-Woodard. ... See MoreSee Less
David Shilson Named Frisco Police Chief (October 17, 2019) The City of Frisco has selected its new police chief. Department veteran David Shilson is being promoted from Deputy Chief to Police Chief beginning November 1.
“It’s an honor to be asked to serve as police chief in a great city with such an outstanding (police) department,” said Chief David Shilson. “It’s very humbling. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure we continue to provide excellent service to our citizens. I’m also committed to ensuring our officers are well trained and equipped to face whatever situation comes their way.”
George Purefoy, City Manager, named Shilson out of three finalists for the police chief job. The finalists were chosen from an original pool of 71 candidates.
“I’m very proud to promote Chief Shilson to oversee the Frisco Police Department,” said Purefoy. “We conducted a national search, which netted impressive candidates from around the country. In the end, we found the best person for the job here at home. Our nationally accredited department has a history of excellence and a reputation for providing exceptional service to our residents, businesses and visitors. I’m confident Chief Shilson will lead with integrity, compassion and commitment.”
Chief Shilson has twenty years of law enforcement experience. Seventeen of those years have been with the Frisco Police Department. During his tenure, Chief Shilson served as a deputy chief over three of the department’s bureaus: Investigations, Operations and Services. As such, Chief Shilson has experience in patrol and traffic; K9 and Special Operations; records, community services, dispatch, public information, crime scene and school resource officers. He also served as a Lieutenant in Administrative Services where he gained experience in detention, accreditation, budgeting and training.
He has been instrumental in implementing ‘Closest to Dispatch’, which is designed to improve response times.
As a regular collaborator with Frisco Independent School District (FISD), Chief Shilson is credited with revamping the Junior Police Academy program and helped develop this school year’s anti-vaping campaign.
Chief Shilson led, deployed and implemented ‘hot spot policing’ for Frisco’s large tourist venues including Stonebriar Centre, Dr Pepper Ballpark, Comerica Center, Toyota Stadium and The Star, where he served as police liaison for construction of the Ford Center and surrounding development.
Prior to coming to Frisco, Shilson was a police officer for the College Station Police Department. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas-Arlington and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M. Shilson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Law Enforcement Management of Texas and Senior Management Institute for Police. In 2013, Shilson was awarded Frisco PD Supervisor of the Year.
Interim Police Chief Greg Ward has been serving since June following the retirement of Chief John Bruce, who served the city for 23 years. Chief Ward will return to his previous role as Assistant Chief. Chief Shilson’s promotion leaves a Deputy Chief position vacant. ... See MoreSee Less
Excellent summary from Councilman Sowell about the process we've gone through in the search for our next Chief of Police.
This was the second public open house we've had in the process. The first was to hear from the residents on what they felt the needs were. Both had excellent turnouts with very engaged citizens.So why do a national search for your next Frisco Police Chief?
Tonight I attended the meeting for the public for the three final candidates for the Frisco Police Chief position. There was a good turnout tonight and residents that attended had the opportunity to meet directly with the candidates and ask them questions. If they wanted they could also provide their feedback to city staff that was also in attendance. It’s a good process for gathering feedback from the community.
There was a fourth candidate in the search but they took a chief in another department, that to me is a good sign that the search committee is on the right track.
The purpose of doing a national search is to ensure we have the best candidate, independent of that candidate being an internal or external candidate. External candidates have the benefit of bringing an outside perspective and different experiences to our department. Internal candidates already have strong community relationships and are familiar with our culture.
The process started by having a consultant familiar with the department with the City Managers Office review the applications from the search, the candidate field was narrowed down, written questions were provided, the field was narrowed further from the written questions, in person interviews were done and the final three selected.
Tomorrow the members of Frisco PD will have the opportunity to meet with the prospective candidates as well.
The next Frisco Police Department Chief will have much to do. I expect them to continue a department that hires exemplerary officers, provides them with outstanding training, tools, and techniques. Someone who advocates for the resources needed to ensure we hire the best officers. A Chief who will continue to know the needs of the various communities within Frisco and leads a department that builds relationships with those citizen stakeholders.
Lastly I expect the next Chief to have a vision for where they want to take the department as the City grows and matures. A strong vision allows the City to anticipate and plan for potential challenges instead of reacting to them.
The final hiring decision is solely the decision of the City Managers Office and I will support their decision. ... See MoreSee Less
Can’t believe from all the nation the final 2 were from dpd. I mean come on try to bring from a better reputable department than dpd or just promote from within. David is from within and he proved time and time again that he deserve it.
Promote from within. Let DPD keep what they have created.
DPD’s mindset is Not the type of outside influence we want in Frisco
The finalists for the City of Frisco Police Chief have been announced. There will be a public open house on Monday the 14th to meet with them. Please see the City Hall post for additional details. ... See MoreSee Less
Town Hall meeting tonight, join us at City Hall or call in.Don't forget tonight is the Town Hall Meeting! Join the City Council, city staff and your fellow residents at 7 p.m. Come in person, listen in/ask questions by phone (888.409.5380), or join via Facebook Live.