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Dallas County Public Works recommits to researching Dallas County’s past to inform its current and future projects

In 2016, Dallas County adopted a five-year administrative plan to govern its decision making in accordance with the County’s vision of becoming an operationally-model government entity, a healthy community, a proactive regional partner and a secure destination of choice. “One way Public Works serves the County is through its continued commitment to understanding and implementing useful lessons from Dallas County’s

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The People Behind Dallas County: Lynn Pride Richardson

This story is part of the Dallas County Messenger’s series showcasing the people serving Dallas County. Lynn Pride Richardson is the Chief Public Defender in the Public Defender’s Office. Explain your specific role at the County. As Chief Public Defender, my role as a Dallas County Department Head is to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the largest and

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Dallas County Veteran Services changes lives in an impactful way

Dallas County Veteran Services strives to assist every veteran, surviving spouses and eligible dependents in the Dallas County area. County Veteran Services Officers (CVSOs) assist veterans and their families in understanding what benefits are available, filing necessary claims, representing individuals and presenting claims in VA hearings. Dallas County currently services a population of over 100,000 veterans.  When claimants need assistance

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Consolidated Services invests in training to encourage safer driving and yield cost savings

Consolidated Services invested in a Smith System driving-safety training program for County employees. Chris Hooper, department director, expects the plan to significantly impact the driving-safety culture among County-owned drivers. The department’s goal is to have trained 140 individuals by the end of the fiscal year. “Our focus is serving our customers through education and training in effort to increase the number

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Dallas County recognizes Employee Retirement Readiness Month

October is Dallas County Employee Retirement Readiness Month. Since 2016, the County has recognized this month per an annually-renewed resolution from the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court. Dallas County shows its commitment to helping its employees plan for retirement through direct advice and group seminars. The County offers employees guidance by answering questions via phone or email, with a special push

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The People Behind Dallas County: Robert De Los Santos

This story is part of the Dallas County Messenger’s series showcasing the people serving Dallas County. Robert De Los Santos is a Fire Marshal in the Fire Marshal’s office. Explain your specific role at the County.  I am the Dallas County Fire Marshal/Chief. I work with three departments as one: Fire Marshal Office, County Marshals and Dallas County Fire Rescue. Why

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Dallas County Public Defender’s Office leads the way in innovative criminal justice practice

The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office is the premiere and largest public defender office of its kind in the state of Texas. Under the leadership of Chief Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson, the Public Defender’s Office has developed a variety of innovative defense and criminal justice practices. The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office was the first public defender’s office in

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530 Fund enables training and education opportunities for Dallas County specialty courts

The 530 Fund, named from H.B. No. 530, is generated from the intoxication fees added to misdemeanor and felony drug-related convictions. Representatives from all certified Dallas County specialty courts manage the 530 Fund Committee.   The Criminal Justice Department provides administrative oversight and offers technical assistance to the subcommittee. This includes recommending best practices, offering guidance on Dallas County policies and

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