The Early City Council room was full with friends and family Tuesday night as Early Police Chief David Mercer welcomed two new officers and presented Sgt. Steven Means with a Medal of Valor for his actions at the July 29 shooting at the Peach House RV Park that left three dead.
“We try to let everything clear out and calm down before presenting awards,” Mercer said. “I’m glad he was OK.”
Mercer stated how that Sunday afternoon changed the small town outlook for many residents and officers.
“Brownwood and Early are full of a lot of good people,” Mercer said. “But, you never know what’s going to come into town. There is a lot of bad stuff that comes through the highway. We push all of our officers to practice officer safety techniques because you never know what can happen.”
After Mercer read the plaque to the council members, Mean’s mother, Cynthia, pinned the Medal of Valor to her son’s uniform.
“It’s an honor to be recognized,” Means said.
In other business Tuesday, council members:
• Watched as Brenda Croft, city secretary, administered the Oath of Office to new Early Police Department Officers Sterlin Zwicker and Andres Contreras. Mercer then administered the Law Enforcement Oath before the officers’ wives pinned badges to their husbands’ uniforms.
• Heard the report on racial profiling by Mercer that stated of the 1,234 citations issued in 2012, 5.8 percent were to African Americans, .02 percent were to Asians, 79.6 percent were to Caucasians, 13.7 percent were to Hispanics, .01 percent were to Indians and .02 percent were to unknown races. The report is required by the State of Texas each year from the Early Police Department, Mercer said.
• Approved the resolution to enter a finance contract with Government Capital Corporation to purchase CopSync hardware and software.
• Approved the appointment of Brent Moseley to the Early Economic Development Corp. Board to fill the vacancy left after Geneva Millhollon resigned.
• Approved the EDC funding request of $30,000 to Big G Grocery.
• Approved the use of the city park for the “Celebrating the Community” program hosted by a group of local churches on May 19.
• Approved the City of Early Investments Policy and Strategy as adopted by the ordinance 2005-21 on Dec. 13, 2005.
• Approved the cancellation of the General Elections for May 11, 2013, and declared the unopposed candidates elected.
• Heard the City Administrator’s report on the Water Pipeline Project.