Duncanville City Manager Names New Chief of Police

2021 - LiVigni, MarkDuncanville, TX (January 10, 2022) – The City of Duncanville today announced the permanent appointment of Mark LiVigni as Chief of Police. Mr. LiVigni has been a member of the Duncanville Police Department since 1993, most recently serving as Interim Police Chief since March of 2021.

After vetting twenty-six candidates down to three finalists who went through a battery of interviews, including a community meet and greet, City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides selected Mark LiVigni as the new Chief of Police.

“Both Chief LiVigni’s professionalism and commitment to our City made him an ideal choice for permanent appointment as our Chief of Police,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am genuinely excited to see his vision for our police department become a reality and have a positive impact on the lives of Duncanville’s residents.”

“I have had the honor of working alongside Mark for many years now,” Assistant City Manager and former Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr. added. “I am confident that our new Chief of Police will innovate and elevate the Duncanville Police Department.”

Chief LiVigni, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has more than twenty-eight years of policing experience, all serving the citizens of Duncanville. He has served in every sworn rank of the department and is only the second individual in the department’s history to have done so with this appointment. He is also a graduate of several high-level professional training courses, including the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management in Policing training of the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Executive Leadership training. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

Chief LiVigni said, “I could not be more excited, honored, yet humbled to serve this diverse City of Champions as its Chief of Police. The men and women of the Duncanville Police Department are committed to providing the best police service possible to the citizens of this great city. Collectively, we will work to make a good department even better. I appreciate our city management team’s confidence and that of our mayor and city council members.”

“I and the Duncanville City Council, as representatives of the residents of our fine City, are pleased that Duncanville will have a continuity of the type of quality service our great Police Department has always provided,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Mark LiVigni’s commitment to our fine men and women in uniform and our community make his selection one I and City Council can stand behind with great confidence.”

A formal Swearing-In ceremony is planned for Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Police Chief LiVigni recently promoted Matthew Stogner to serve as Assistant Chief of Police. Mr. Stogner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification. He is a graduate of the Senior Management in Policing Program from the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. Matthew Stogner has most recently served as S.W.A.T. Commander and has been an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant during his 22-year career.

Dallas County Reports a Total of 6,589 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 11 Deaths, Including 2,752 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 07, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 6,589 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 3,837 confirmed cases, and 2,752 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 381,040 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 74,234 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,598 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21st, 2021.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A woman in her 20’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He was found deceased and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 850 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 156 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 627 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 13 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon); 19 cases of P.1 (Gamma); 9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and eighty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 21 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and sixteen people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/7/2022, a total of 15,907 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 52 (week ending 1/1/22), which is a weekly rate of 603.6 new cases per 100,000 (0.6036%) residents.

As of the week ending 1/1/2022, about 77% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 96% of residents age 65 years and older; 83% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 74% of residents 25-39 years of age; 63% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 58% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (See below).

About 61.5% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 52 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 23,950 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 803 (3.4%) were hospitalized and 230 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/1/2022 (CDC week 52), 41.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 52, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (7.63%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21.99%), and RSV (7.53%).

There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,203 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 7 outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 789 residents and 264 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.

Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators as part of determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our COVID-19 response. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“Today we have experienced another all-time high for reported COVID-19 cases of 6,589 cases and 11 deaths. Our healthcare and education heroes need your help. Please thoughtfully consider events outside your home so that you avoid large crowds. Avoid any indoor activity where everyone is not masked. Make sure your children are masked at all time in indoor activities, as Omicron is causing more problems in children than previous variants. If you’re not vaccinated, please get vaccinated. If you’re not boosted, please get boosted and please avoid crowds. We want to keep our schools open and our children in a rich in-school learning environment, but in order to do that, schools cannot be ravaged by COVID outbreaks. Similarly we want to keep our economy strong and our workplaces staffed. In order to do that, we’ve got to be very careful and thoughtful for the next month and a half until we hopefully can get through this Omicron surge,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
Specific Guidance for the Public:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/