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Dallas County postpones Oak Cliff Government Center groundbreaking ceremony

Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia (District 4) announced today that the Oak Cliff Government Center groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 is postponed until further notice. In an email to Dallas County community, staff and residents, Garcia said:  “Due to the recent evolving of the COVID-19 virus, we regret to inform you that the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for the

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County department’s nuisance enforcement and patrol efforts making a difference

The nuisance enforcement and patrol efforts of the Department of Unincorporated Area Services (DUAS) are contributing to cleaner communities and better-informed property owners. For example, a site that was used as a dumping ground for construction materials is now clean. Nuisance Abatement Officer Mary Walton used a credit card receipt located among debris on the site to track down the property owner. On

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Dallas County Fire Marshal department addresses vehicle-salvage business violations

The Dallas County Fire Marshal department partnered with the Dallas Police Department to address outstanding vehicle-salvage business violations. This cooperative effort was in response to a growing need to serve businesses located in jurisdictional gray areas.   The Dallas Police Department enlisted its auto theft, code enforcement and fire-rescue inspection divisions and abatement and community prosecution teams to work alongside its

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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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Marshal Service / Building Security department educates local children about safety and law enforcement

Today marked the Dallas County Marshal Service / Building Security department’s third year contributing to career day at La Academia de Estrellas, a premier local charter school. A Dallas County Marshal Service Officer presented to a group of 30 students ranging in grade levels kindergarten through third about safety and career opportunities in law enforcement. District Curriculum Coordinator Natalia Panicker

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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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Veloway/SoPac Trail Phase 3 reaches construction milestone

East Dallas neighbors and community partners celebrated substantial completion of the Dallas Veloway/Southern Pacific Trail (SoPac Trail) Phase 3 this month. Representatives from a variety of local organizations attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on the project site, including Friends of the SoPac Trail, the White Rock Neighborhood Association, the White Rock Lake Task Force and Friends of Santa Fe Trail.     Located in the City of Dallas

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