During the 2019 Texas Municipal League (TML) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, the City of Celina received a 2019 Municipal Excellence Award in public safety for cities under 25,000 in population. The award recognized the City for its efforts to prevent thefts at construction sites.
To address an increase in thefts of building materials at construction sites, the City of Celina Police Department met with builders and other stakeholders to identify effective strategies to deter theft. As a result of this collaboration, the problem-solving initiative identified 28 best practices, and the City developed a resource guide to help builders implement the strategies. The result was a resounding success – a 63 percent reduction in construction-related thefts – which benefits the builders and the entire community.
On hand at the Conference to accept the award were Mayor Sean Terry, City Council member Justin Steiner, City Manager Jason Laumer, Director of Development Services Dusty McAfee, Police Chief Tony Griggs, Director of Government Affairs Corbett Howard, Director of Administrative Services Paul Debuff.
“This TML award represents the success we can achieve when we all work together to keep Celina safe,” said Celina Police Chief Tony Griggs.
TML’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenge of municipal governance. Innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, increasing citizen participation, and reaching toward higher service levels are all daily occurrences in Texas cities, and they deserve recognition. This awards program seeks out the best of these programs to honor. Awards are given in two population categories (under 25,000 and over 25,000) and five areas (management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works).
The 2019 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on October 9-11 and attracted more than 3,000 city officials, who learned ways to govern more effectively, discussed critical issues, and shared best practices and solutions.