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A new police chief for Double Oak

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In current news, the Denton County town of Double Oak just announced a new police chief this past week. The new chief will be filling in the place of previous chief, Derrick Watson. Though Double Oak is a fairly quiet town, it still definitely was in need of a new head to its police force in Watson’s absence.

The new chief

Double Oak’s city council decided to appoint Ruben Rivas as the new chief on Monday, November 16th. Rivas has been an officer in the town for over 15 years now. He’s been in law enforcement for even longer, with 21 total years now. Rivas also holds the certification of Master Peace Officer, awarded to him by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He’s also a graduate of the FBI’s law enforcement academy. Regardless of his experience, the previous Chief Watson leaves him some big shoes to fill.

Chief Watson’s leaving

Double Oak’s citizens loved Watson for his hard lines and care for the community. He had served in the Dallas police department before moving around to other cities around the DFW area. In Double Oak, he quickly became a fixture. The town’s residents will surely miss seeing him around.

He took a new position in Plainview, a small city between Lubbock and Amarillo. In Plainview, Watson will become the new chief of police and oversee a larger area than before. Though we and Double Oak are sad to see him leave, we’re happy to see him moving up in the world. Chief Watson will be officially starting his new role on December 1st.

In accordance with Chief Watson’s leaving, Double Oak’s new chief will also be starting his new position on December 1st. Chief Rivas won’t have to change too much, since he’s already on the force. Either way, the town is glad to see him — proven even more so by city council’s unanimous vote for him as chief.

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Dallas passes new city budget for 2021

Dallas City Council has voted to increase the overall budget for next year to $3.8 billion. The vote was heavily contended on both sides due to this years’ efforts and calls to defund police departments across the nation. Perhaps the most difficult question on next years’ budget was whether to increase or decrease police spending.

At the end of an hours long meeting and after months of budget town hall meetings and feedback, City Council voted to increase the budget for this next year. Though the largest portion of the budget goes towards the costs of running the city, including economic development and infrastructure, the budget also features an amendment to police spending. General police spending was increased by $8 million, while taking $7 million from the police overtime budget. The decision to increase the spending budget while decreasing the overtime passed with an 11-4 vote, and upset some of the city’s leaders and citizens that were fighting for a larger change to defund Dallas police following the recent calls for police reform sweeping the nation.

Overall, the vote to pass this next years’ increase, 9-6, was seen as more controversial than last years’ vote, 15-0. The reason for this sudden change from previous unanimous votes was due to the controversy surrounding police defunding.

The budget increase also features a reduction to Dallas’ current property tax rate, cutting $0.0003 per $100 assessed valuation (DallasWeekly.com). This will be a continuation of years of property tax rates, but sees a positive change for the city’s residents. Residents had largely all agreed at the town hall meetings on the cuts.

Overall, this 2021 budget attempts to meet the best of both worlds when it comes to the people of Dallas’ views regarding police, despite upset from both sides. In addition, City Council’s hope is that these changes, including the decreased property tax, will continue to provide the best way forward for the vast majority of Dallas citizens. 

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