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Update: Police chief, settlement offer with county/sheriff’s office on the table at city meeting

July 27th, 2017 under Top Stories

 

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

This story has been updated to include the list of candidates for the City of Marfa Chief of Police position.

MARFA –Marfa City Council members are set to meet at 6pm this evening at the Casner Room at City Hall, with expectations to announce the hiring of the city’s new police chief.

The council will take a recommendation on a nominee from a committee consisting of Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger, City Attorney Teresa Todd, City Administrator Jim Mustard, and Mayor Pro-Tem Manny Baeza, who have been interviewing potential candidates for the position. The agenda notes a portion of the discussion will be in executive session.

The five andidates for the position, Mayor Nafziger said, are former Marfa police officer James Davis, Presidio police officer Manuel Jimenz, Presidio County Precinct 1 Constable Estevan Marquez, former Presidio County deputy Caesar Melendez, and El Paso police officer Peter Melendez.

The city will also hold two additional executive sessions, one to once again deliberate making a settlement offer to Presidio County in response to a May 30 letter requesting $110,000 for law enforcement services from the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, and two, to discuss employment duties and contract terms for City Administrator Jim Mustard.

Action on the request for funds from the county has been postponed for the last two city council sessions as the county has failed to deliver documentation requested by the city.

The city has asked for the names of three deputies assigned to patrol the City of Marfa, actual expenses incurred by the sheriff’s department, and budgetary documents for the six months after the city’s contract with the county expired and the city decided to forego the contract and reinstate a city police department.

Action on Mustard’s contract was also tabled at the city’s last meeting after a lengthy executive session.

City council members will also take action on setting a proposed tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and budget; proposals for employee insurance for 2017-2018; setting dates for workshop meetings, public hearings concerning adopting the city budget and setting the tax rate for 2017-2018; and the recommendation to appoint Virginia Platt to the Parks and Recreate Board.

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