Death of former Dallas City Councilman recognized in Commissioners Court

Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution honoring former City Councilman Leo Chaney as Commissioner Elba Garcia, right, listens.

Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution honoring former City Councilman Leo Chaney as Commissioner Elba Garcia, right, listens.

Former City Councilman Leo Chaney died Aug. 12 after a fire in his Dallas home.

Chaney was alone at the time, and was taken to a hospital following the fire. He passed away at Baylor hospital

Commissioner Elba Garcia, a former Dallas City Councilmember, remembered him well and lauded his leadership and legacy. Both Commissioners Garcia  and John Wiley Price reflected and honored Chaney, with a reading from Maya Angelou’s work, the Black Family Pledge.

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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.

 

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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.

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The Enroll Dallas County Partnership kicks off 1st meeting at new Parkland Hospital about new Healthcare Marketplace!!

[Dallas, TX] – [The Enroll Dallas County Partnership will hold its first stakeholder meeting between Dallas County, Dallas officials, regional leaders and Marjorie McColl Petty, Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) tomorrow, Thursday, August 8th at the new Parkland Hospital expansion to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Marketplace for Texas. This meeting will follow up on the ideas and strategies discussed in July when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited. The event is designed to develop a strategic system of communication and education to the public at large about the Healthcare Marketplace and assist local organizations with enrollment efforts.]

 

The ACA, which passed into law in 2010 and was upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2012, is coming into full effect. One of its provisions, a Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow individuals, families, and small businesses to compare plans and purchase health insurance, is scheduled to open on October 1, 2013. In addition to the Health Insurance Marketplace, the ACA allows for many individuals and families to receive a tax credit that can help them pay their premium costs.

 

The leaders of Dallas County and the City of Dallas believe that all citizens deserve health care through access to health insurance. Right now about 50 million Americans do not have health insurance, and Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country. According to a recent Rice University report, in Dallas County there are about 600,000 people (25% of the population) without health insurance.

 

WHO:                    County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins, Marjorie McColl Petty (DHHS), City leaders, faith community and business leaders

WHEN:                  Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

WHERE:                New Parkland Hospital Cafeteria | 5200 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas TX

 

Paid Parking is available in the Tower Parking Garage (2021 Medical District Drive) adjacent to the new Parkland hospital. Guests may enter the garage by taking Medical District Drive to Tex Oak Avenue. 

 

NOTE:  Media please be advised that you will be shooting from the NEW PARKLAND building!  It is not yet wired for broadcasting so, although there is electricity you should be prepared to treat this as you would a remote!

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Judge Clay Jenkins

214-653-7949

Clay.jenkins@dallascounty.org

 

Fabien Levy

Press Secretary, US DHHS

202-690-4594

fabien.levy@hhs.gov

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