Commissioner John Wiley Price recognizes service of pastor, county employee

Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution in appreciation of Leonard Willis' service to the county and the community. Willis was not in attendance while the resolution was read.
Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution in appreciation of Leonard Willis’ service to the county and the community. Willis was not in attendance while the resolution was read.

Leonard E. Willis, an employee of Dallas County since 1995,  was recognized in Commissioners Court by Commissioner John Wiley Price for his service to the county and his community.

Willis has held various positions of leadership within Road and Bridge #3, including Crew Chief and Road Supervisor. He has also been preaching for 33 years and is the Pastor of Saints Eternity Church of God in Christ.

 

Commissioner Mike Cantrell lauds service of Justice Murphy

The Honorable Mary Murphy was recognized in Commissioners Court, Aug. 13, by Commissioner Mike Cantrell for her dedication to the justice system. Justice Murhpy retired from her seat as a Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals on June 7, and will be eligible to sit as a visiting judge in Texas come October 1. “I have taken away from the Bench an even stronger commitment to the rule of law and belief in the Constitution- especially the importance of treating all people who come before our courts with respect and equality under the law- justice truly must serve all the people," Justice Murphy once said.
The Honorable Mary Murphy was recognized in Commissioners Court, Aug. 13, by Commissioner Mike Cantrell for her dedication to the justice system. Justice Murhpy retired from her seat as a Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals on June 7, and will be eligible to sit as a visiting judge in Texas come October 1.
“I have taken away from the Bench an even stronger commitment to the rule of law and belief in the Constitution- especially the importance of treating all people who come before our courts with respect and equality under the law- justice truly must serve all the people,” Justice Murphy once said.

Judge Clay Jenkins, community leaders discuss Healthcare Marketplace during Sebelius visit

From left to right: Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
From left to right: Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

[Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow]

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, along with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Theresa Daniels, met with Dallas area community leaders in the Old Red Courthouse to discuss how best to go forward with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” The bill was passed into law in 2010 and enrollment in the Health Insurance Exchange starts in October. While the Texas state government is refusing to help implement the program, local governments such as Dallas County are working hard to ensure that every citizen has the healthcare they need.

Judge Jenkins opened the meeting by inviting community leaders on the panel to collaborate on all aspects of the new Healthcare Marketplace as well as how to most effectively communicate available healthcare options to the public.  Commissioner Daniel spoke in both English and Spanish on some of the details surrounding the policy along with Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro-tem Monica Alonzo.

Commissioner Theresa Daniel voices a concern with how best to educate residents of available healthcare benefits.
Commissioner Theresa Daniel voices a concern with how best to educate residents of available healthcare benefits.

Much of the meeting focused on informing citizens of benefits that will be available to them and on how to best encourage citizens to enroll in a health exchange program. It is estimated that nearly a quarter of Dallas County’s population, or 600,000 residents, do not have proper health care.

In an exclusive interview with WFAA, Judge Jenkins spoke on the kind of outreach that will be required for broad participation. “It’s going to be a monumental task, and we’re going to have to do the very best we can do.”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins honors service of “city leader,” declares July 27 to be “Pedro Aguirre Day”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reads the proclamation that marks July 27 as "Pedro Aguirre Day" in Dallas County.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reads the proclamation that marks July 27 as “Pedro Aguirre Day” in Dallas County.

Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow

A native of Dallas and a graduate of Texas A&M University, Pedro Aguirre is considered a city leader for Dallas. In honor of Aguirre’s accomplishments and in anticipation of his 80th birthday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared that July 27, 2013, is to be “Pedro Aguirre Day.”

In 1960, Aguirre founded the company Aguirre Roden, and it has since been named as one of the top 300 architectural firms worldwide. In addition to being a leader in business, Aguirre has served on the Dallas City Council, Regional Transportation Council, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce board, as Chairman of the Mexican American Advisory committee to the Dallas Independent School District and in various other civic positions in the area.

Judge Jenkins acknowledged Aguirre’s numerous achievements and thanked him for his “tireless service and commitment” to bettering the county.