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.
Congratulations Ron Patterson, and the entire EDC team!Today was the annual employee picnic to celebrate all of our employees hard work this fiscal year. What an amazing year for Frisco! This is the 3rd year that Council and I have given special recognition to a ”City of Frisco Employee of the Year” award. This year we honored Frisco EDC President, Ron Patterson. He has delivered on bringing the focus of the EDC back it's mission of raising our tax base and bringing jobs to Frisco. Ron and his team has also won our first Fortune 500 company, Keurig Dr Pepper and of course landed the PGA of America in Frisco. Congratulations, Ron and the entire EDC team for a job Well Done! ... See MoreSee Less
Congrats to all our new and returning Board Appointees.
City of Frisco TX - City Hall Meet the City of Frisco's newly appointed board members! Mayor Jeff Cheney introduces us to this group of volunteers who will help our city grow in a variety of program areas -- everything from economic development to tourism...parks and recreation to urban forestry...arts and downtown development...plus lots more! Learn more in tonight's recap. See you October 1. ... See MoreSee Less
I've seen several posts, and received a couple of emails today regarding a pet store in Frisco. Without going into detail the information is disturbing.
Our animal control division has been working to address the situation. Below is more detail on those efforts.
On a personal note, I believe in adoption, there are a great many animals that already need homes. So if you're looking for a pet, please consider adoption first. In the interest of this post ending on a positive note, I've posted a picture of our 4 adopted furry family members.
Frisco Police, Animal Services investigate Petland Frisco following Humane Society allegations (September 13, 2019) In early August, Frisco Animal Services, a division of the Frisco Police Department, was contacted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), about concerns involving Petland in Frisco after it conducted an undercover investigation with one of its members, who was hired as an employee at the store.
HSUS reported several deficiencies with the location to include animal health, record keeping, and inadequate veterinary care. Animal Services began an investigation based on these allegations and took enforcement action for violations found during its initial inspection. Animal Services identified several animals that needed immediate care; Petland began taking animals to receive proper veterinary care immediately. The Petland owner was cited for failure to comply with a city ordinance requiring Petland to provide documentation of veterinary care upon request. Petland Frisco’s owner and staff were also given information about requirements for compliance. Animal Services continued its investigation, making frequent, unannounced, inspections to make sure Petland is compliant with City of Frisco ordinance regarding the retail sale of animals. To date, Frisco Police investigators, who are working alongside Animal Services officers, have not found any evidence that meets the Texas statute for cruelty to animals.
“Our Animal Services officers take such allegations very seriously,” said Frisco Interim Police Chief Greg Ward. “Petland Frisco has been cooperative with Animal Services during this investigation and has taken steps to become compliant. Our department continues to work with the Humane Society (of the U.S.) and Petland Frisco to make sure the animals are cared for appropriately within the law.” ... See MoreSee Less
We contract with Collin County for shelter services : www.collincountytx.gov/animal_services/Pages/default.aspx
There is also the SPCA on Stacey Rd, just the other side of Custer: www.spca.org/PerryShelter
And there are dozens of rescues in the area. 2 of mine were adopted from Legacy Humane Society and one was from Shutter Down Ranch.
Do a google search for Dog Rescue groups, you'll have more to choose from than you can count
Your dogs are adorable. It looks like the small one keeps the others in line. 😅 Thank you for acknowledging the issue and providing details!
Great picture. They are adorable. We are foster failures x 2.
Your fur babies are adorable! ❤️
adopted our fur ball 11 years ago
We’re new to the area... does Frisco have a shelter? Or is there one in a neighboring city we can go to search for a new furry pal?
Thank you for your diligence in this matter and also explaining this in a much more detailed manor than the news media would. Your dogs are adorable!!
Thank you for sharing this information and glad to hear the city of Frisco is addressing the situation! Please continue to monitor their treatment of animals!
Frisco is blessed to have a wonderful animal control department. The few times I have needed them, they were genuinely caring and professional. One of the many city services often taken for granted.
Thank you for addressing this situation! Breaks my heart to see this. Here are our rescue babies! Keep rescuing!❤️
Thank you for posting this. But don’t you think there should be city ordinances that ends the cruel practice of retailers selling these animals? It’s why I started my petition. This is serious. We would’ve shut down a daycare facility if they had neglected children and made them sick. Like I said to the entire council, Frisco is a shining star in north Texas. We should be leading the way and setting an example on animal welfare, not trailing behind.
Thank you so much for sharing & providing more details. Your fur babies are so precious!
So what is Texas Statute for cruelty to animals. How bad does it need to become? Is this implying that the report that was made public was exaggerated? Starving animals, freezer of animals. I don't understand.
I appreciate the efforts to work with people to correct and learn but this statute you speak of doesn't sound like a good statute.
Thank you for FINALLY looking into this store! They have long been known to purchase from disreputable breeders (puppy mills) and sell sick animals, many of them dying. The laws that allow this need to be changed. If they want to offer animals, they should offer rescues as most other pet stores do.
These are our rescued little girls. Adopt, Adopt, Adopt!!!
Its heart breaking to know that is happening in our city. I pray that swift action will be taken against this facility and the fur babies will receive proper care and potentially adoption into a loving home.
SO CHANGE THE STATUTES!!!!!!
..."To date, Frisco Police investigators, who are working alongside Animal Services officers, have not found any evidence that meets the Texas statute for cruelty to animals."...
Appreciate the update. With all due respect, how is neglect of animals’ basic needs when they are sick and the freezing of sick animals not considered cruelty? I rarely comment on public posts, but this store’s treatment of animals is abhorrent and beyond inhumane - more should be done to protect these animals and prevent this store from selling animals in the future.
There’s no evidence of animal cruelty?! Yes, thank you for shedding light and looking into this issue. However, exactly what constitutes as animal cruelty? I have a friend that temporarily worked at a different location and stated that they put dying animals in the freezer because it’s “more humane”. There is a clear emaciated dog that your undercover agent took a photo of. There is SEVERAL photos of evidence of them letting a LIVING BREATHING CREATURE SUFFER, yet that’s not cruelty????? Shame on everyone saying “good job”. No. They got away with a SLAP ON THE WRIST.
Thank you for the update. Bill, there are a number of major cities around the country (including Austin) that have written city ordinances that ban the retail sale of dogs/cats/rabbits/etc. Is there any way the community could bring this idea forward to the city council for consideration?
Love your adopted fur babies!
Thanks, Bill for the update. This is most disturbing that this is happening here.
Sounds like no real issue here according to FPD!🤷🏽♀️
I bought the perfect pooch from Petland 3yrs ago so...to each is own.
Thank you for updating everyone on this issue! 😊 Glad to know Frisco has their eye on things too. I think this hits most of us at our core.
Jane and Henry were adopted at age 9, now age 11, and they’re still a joy in our family.
Well done all, well done.This morning 28 members from Frisco Fire climbed 110 stories in honor of the first responders that made the ultimate sacrifice at the World Trade Center on 9/11. We climbed today because THEY climbed on 9/11. WE WILL NEVER FORGET! ... See MoreSee Less