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.
Claudia Jean Gipson, a Texas native, was recognized in front of the Dallas County Commissioners Court by Commissioner John Wiley Price for her 23 years of service as a Detention Service Officer with the Dallas County Sheriff’s department.
Gipson began her career within Dallas County on June 4, 1990, and received her Intermediate Jailer Certification in October of 2007. She is married with two children and enjoys serving on the Pastoral Committee at her church.
Commissioner Price expressed gratitude for Gipson’s “long and faithful service to Dallas County” and wished her the best during her retirement.
Today in Commissioners Court, Commissioner John Wiley Price declared the week of July 14 through July 20 to be Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision week in honor of the work put forth by the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections department.
The Community Supervision and Corrections department supervises adult offenders within the community and provides services and support to victims. All commissioners praised the department for their commitment to the county as the Court audience stood and applauded. Commissioner Price called the department “an essential part of the justice system,” and lauded their ability to “uphold the law with dignity.”
When Craig Schenkel heard that two Oak Cliff high schools, Sunset and Adamson, had budgetary constraints that made it difficult for the schools to fulfill their needs, Schenkel and his business partner stepped up. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, on behalf of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, extended thanks and honored Schenkel’s commitment to Dallas County public education today.
Paying particular attention to athletic programs, Schenkel helped to support the school administration, raising and donating thousands of dollars to the marching band, drill team, football, basketball and tennis teams. Following a theft at Sunset high school last year, Schenkel informed his friends and, soon after, an anonymous check for $5,375 was written to replace the stolen items and paid for a students’ sports banquet at the end of the year, something that could not have happened without the donation.
Judge Jenkins honored Schenkel’s commitment to the schools and thanked him for “setting an example of leadership in action.”