The Denver City City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 17, where they addressed their regular agenda.

After the Invocation was led by Mayor Tommy Hicks a few announcements were made by Council members.

Councilman Clinton Bowman thanked the Volunteer Fire Department for the invitation to their annual Christmas party held on Saturday night at the Community Building. Fellow councilmen Mark Sherman and Keith Mensch are both volunteer firemen in the fire department.

Councilman Mark Sherman noted how nice the new playground equipment looked and also announced the reception being held on Tuesday for past Executive Director David Mitchell. The new Executive Director, Heath Haines, was also present and was introduced to the Council and Mayor Tommy Hicks.

Haines has been on the job for two weeks and noted he “hit the road running.” He spent the first week getting updated on current projects as well as new projects.

Moving into the agenda the Council unanimously approved the 2019 City of Denver City holiday schedule. The holidays included New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and one floating holiday.

New Chief of Police David Hennigan was also in attendance to discuss some changes and updates in his department. He requested to go into Executive Session to discuss some of the changes and his recommendations, specifically with a Sergeant’s position.

After a 20-minute closed-door session, the Council reconvened and unanimously approved Hennigan’s recommendation to hire CDA investigator Wes Moore for the Sergeant’s position. Hennigan noted he had received several applications for the position with a majority of them being from officers who recently graduated from the Police Academy. However, he was looking for someone with some law enforcement experience and felt like Moore was more than qualified to fill the position.

Moore will be replacing Ryan Taylor who recently resigned to accept a position with the Andrews Police Department. He will begin his new duties with PD the end of January after he spends time training the new investigator for CDA Bill Helwig.

Hennigan also informed the Council he was still one officer short and was expecting to fill that position with a recent graduate from the South Plains Police Academy.

Following this item, the Council unanimously approved the payment of $87,985.35 in regular bills and $157,107.15 in manual checks.

Councilmembers Ronald Weir, Robert Hanneman, Clinton Bowman, Mark Sherman, and Keith Mensch along with Mayor Tommy Hicks were present. Joan Breith was absent from the meeting.

The next meeting will be on January 7, 2019, at 7 pm in the City Hall chambers.