Trustee, Retired Coach to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Inaugural Phil McNeely Classic

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Trustee Phil McNeely

Phil McNeely is a living legend on and off the basketball court. He has served as a member of the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees since 2010. Before retiring, Coach McNeely became the longest-tenured Duncanville High School head basketball coach with 25 years. Under his leadership, the Duncanville High School boys basketball team won three state championship titles in 1991, 1999 and 2007.

To recognize Coach McNeely’s long-standing legacy, Duncanville ISD is hosting a basketball showcase bearing his name – the Phil McNeely Classic. During the classic on Saturday, November 13., Coach McNeely will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at 7 p.m. by the Duncanville ISD Athletics Department.

Many former players have indicated they plan to attend the basketball showcase, including some who are now coaching boys high school basketball teams. Woodrow Wilson Head Coach Corey Johnson and Rock Hill Head Coach Shawn Williams are both former players of Coach McNeely and their teams will play Saturday.

The celebration of Coach McNeely will include family, friends, and longtime supporters excited to recognize his continued service and dedication to students, and commitment to the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented center court prior to the final game of the night – Duncanville High School vs. Lancaster High School.

Tickets to attend the Phil McNeely Classic on Saturday, Nov. 13 can be purchased online using this link. The games will take place at Duncanville High School’s Sandra Meadow’s Arena, home of Phil McNeely Court.

City of Duncanville and City of Lancaster City Managers to be Inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration’s 2021 Class of Academy Fellows

The National Academy of Public Administration today announced that 39 leaders in the field of public administration have been selected for the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows. Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place virtually and in-person at five host sites across the country November 3-9.

“I am very pleased to welcome the Academy’s 2021 class of Fellows,” said Terry Gerton, President, and CEO of the Academy. “Our distinguished Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise in the field of public administration and this year’s incoming class is no exception. As government at every level continues to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to addressing public concerns regarding equity, the environment, the nation’s fiscal health and others, we welcome our new Fellows’ perspective as we work collaboratively to find intergovernmental solutions to the Grand Challenges in Public Administration.”

Two Best Southwest City Managers, Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, City of Duncanville, and Opal Mauldin-Jones, City of Lancaster, were named in the announcement as 2021 Class of Academy Fellows inductees. The two City Managers will collaborate with 37 other Fellows to innovate and address the 12 Grand Challenges in Public Administration, which includes items such as Modernize and Reinvigorate the Public Service, Foster Social Equity, and Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work.

“The inclusion of Opal Mauldin-Jones and myself as part of the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows is a remarkable opportunity for the two of us to bring our unique experiences, knowledge, and connections to our communities to this collaboration,” said Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am excited to see what the Academy Fellows will be able to accomplish as we work together to address each of the 12 Grand Challenges and move our cities and our nation forward toward a brighter and more inclusive future.”

Opal Mauldin-Jones added, “It is an honor to be voted a 2021 Academy Fellow. It is unprecedented to have two City Managers from the same region. I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve my community and profession at this level”.

The National Academy of Public Administration helps government leaders solve their most critical management challenges. Since 1967, their congressionally chartered non-partisan non-profit Academy has provided expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, equitable, accountable, and transparent organizations. The National Academy of Public Administration’s national network of over 850 Fellows includes former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators.

Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. A Fellows Nominating Committee, selected by the Academy’s Board Chair, makes its recommendations to the full Fellowship, which then votes on those individuals nominated to be a Fellow. The Committee was co-chaired by Academy Fellows Katherine Siggerud, Former Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and Kendra Stewart, Professor and Director Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston.

“The National Academy of Public Administration’s selection of Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides for the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows fills the Duncanville City Council and me with a great sense of pride,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “This induction into the prestigious group of public administrators is a well-deserved and appropriate recognition of both her and Opal Mauldin-Jones’ hard work and professional accomplishments.”

Lancaster’s Mayor, Clyde C. Hairston, also chimed in on this achievement, adding, “We are thrilled with the announcement of both Opal Mauldin-Jones and Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides on being selected into the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows. Being selected into this program is certainly no easy task, and this shows the hard work and dedication our City Managers have for the community, the profession, and the Best Southwest.”

The 2021 class joins more than 940 Academy Fellows – including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, non-profit leaders, and public administrators.

Supported by a full-time professional staff, Fellows bring their insights, experience, successes, and lessons learned straight to the National Academy of Public Administration’s clients through independent thought leadership, in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums, and conferences.

About the National Academy of Public Administration:

Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Learn more at www.napawash.org

About the City of Duncanville:

Duncanville is a city in southern Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. Duncanville’s population was over 40,000 as of the 2020 Census. The City is part of the Best Southwest Partnership that includes Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Lancaster. www.duncanville.com

About the City of Lancaster:

Lancaster is a 33.150 square mile, 2019 All-America city located within Southwest Dallas County, Texas, United States. Lancaster’s population is 41,275 as of the 2020 census. Founded in 1852 as a frontier post, Lancaster is one of Dallas County’s earliest settlements. The City of Lancaster is part of the Best Southwest Partnership, including Lancaster, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. www.lancaster-tx.com

Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, City Manager
Opal Mauldin-Jones

City of Duncanville Announces Police Chief Finalists

Duncanville, TX (October 4, 2021) – The City of Duncanville has narrowed the search for its next Police Chief for the Duncanville Police Department to three exceptionally qualified candidates.

The previous Police Chief, Robert D. Brown, Jr., was promoted earlier this year to Assistant City Manager for the City of Duncanville. By utilizing both websites and publications to promote the open position, the City garnered 26 applications and an impressive pool of candidates that have since been narrowed down to three finalists.

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the City will hold a Community Meet & Greet from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116. This event will allow Duncanville residents and stakeholders the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the finalists.

The finalists:

2021 - LiVigni, Mark

Mark LiVigni has more than 28 years of policing experience and most recently has served as the City of Duncanville’s Interim Police Chief since March 2021. His previous service experience includes:

  • Assistant Police Chief – City of Duncanville, Texas (2017-2021)
  • Police Lieutenant – City of Duncanville, Texas (2002-2017)
  • Police Sergeant – City of Duncanville, Texas (1998-2002)
  • Police Officer – City of Duncanville, Texas (1993-1998)
  • Detention Service Officer – Dallas County, Texas (1992-1993)

Mr. LiVigni attended the FBI National Academy graduating from the 233rd Session of the Executive Law Enforcement Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and other professional certifications.

2021 - Steidle, Daniel 2

Daniel L. Steidle has 32 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as the Pacifica, California Police Department’s Chief of Police since 2015. His previous public service experience includes:

  • Captain – Pacifica Police Department, California (2013-2015)
  • Detective Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2009-2012)
  • Administrative Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2008-2009)
  • Patrol Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2005-2008)
  • Corporal/Field Training Officer – Pacifica Police Department, California (1997-2005)

Mr. Steidle holds a Master of Science – Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, a Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice from Mountain State University, an Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts from Diablo Valley College, and additional certifications.

2021 - Turner, Derrick

Derrick D. Turner has 15 years of police experience and is currently serving as Lieutenant, Special Operations Division, for the Port of Portland Police Department in Portland, Oregon, since July 2019. His previous public service experience includes:

  • Lieutenant/Patrol Operations – Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon (2018-2019)
  • Sergeant – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2013-2018)
  • Investigator – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2010-2013)
  • Public Safety Officer – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2007-2010)
  • Police Officer – Ferris State University Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2004-2006, 2007-2007)

Mr. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and other professional certifications.

The three finalists will go through a series of interviews conducted by different City department panels, a police chief panel, and be in attendance for the Meet & Greet with Duncanville residents and stakeholders on October 14. The new Duncanville Police Chief will be announced in October 2021.

The Duncanville Police Department Joins National ABLE Project

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July 6, 2021 – The Duncanville Police Department was recently accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

By demonstrating a firm commitment to transformational reform with support from local community groups and elected leaders, the Duncanville Police Department joins a select group of more than 90 other law enforcement agencies and statewide and regional training academies from across the country.

Backed by prominent civil rights and law enforcement leaders, the evidence-based, field-tested ABLE Project was developed by Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program in collaboration with global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP to provide practical active bystandership strategies and tactics to law enforcement officers to prevent misconduct, reduce mistakes, and promote health and wellness.

ABLE gives officers the tools they need to overcome the innate and powerful inhibitors all individuals face when called upon to intervene in actions taken by their peers.

Interim Chief of Police Mark LiVigni said seeking inclusion to join the ABLE Project reflected important priorities for the Duncanville Police Department.

“As a professional and recognized public safety agency of the Texas Police Chief’s Best Practices Recognition Program, the Duncanville Police Department views the Active Bystander for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Program as making sense for our citizens, our personnel, and our city as a whole.  It is a win for everyone as we all have an interest in our agency being able to provide the most ethical and responsible delivery of police services possible to our community while reducing harm to all stakeholders when possible.” said Chief LiVigni.

Those who endorsed the Duncanville Police Department’s application to join the program included Duncanville City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Martin, and First Presbyterian Church Reverend, Dr. Ginger Hertenstein, all of whom wrote letters of support.

Reverend Hertenstein stated in her letter of support of the department’s application, “This program would be congruent with the  policies and culture of the Duncanville Police Department and its leadership.”

Professor Christy Lopez, co-director of Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program, which runs ABLE, explained: “The ABLE Project seeks to ensure every police officer in the United States has the opportunity to receive meaningful, effective active bystandership training, and to help agencies transform their approach to policing by building a culture that supports and sustains successful peer intervention to prevent harm.”

Chair of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors, Sheppard Mullin partner Jonathan Aronie, added: “Intervening in another’s action is harder than it looks after the fact, but it’s a skill we all can learn.  And, frankly, it’s a skill we all need – police and non-police.  ABLE teaches that skill.”

The ABLE Project is guided by a Board of Advisors comprised of civil rights, social justice, and law enforcement leaders, including Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; Commissioner Danielle Outlaw of the Philadelphia Police Department; Dr. Ervin Staub, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice Program; and an impressive collection of other police leaders, rank and file officers, and social justice leaders.

  • See the complete list of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors.
  • For more information about the ABLE Project, visit the program’s website.
  • See a list of the ABLE Standards to which every participating agency must adhere.
  • These articles share more information about active bystandership generally, and the ABLE Project in particular.

Certified Duncanville Police Department instructors will attend an ABLE Project Train-The-Trainer event in late July.  At the conclusion of their training, they will be certified as ABLE trainers.  In the following months, all officers of the Duncanville Police Department will receive 8 hours of evidence-based active bystandership education designed not only to prevent harm, but to change the culture of policing.

For more information regarding the Duncanville Police Department’s involvement in this transformative training endeavor, contact Alex Hamby, City of Duncanville Public Information Officer or Officer Doug Sisk, the Duncanville Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

For more information on the ABLE Project, contact Liza, ABLE Program Coordinator, at LBA17@georgetown.edu or Lisa, ABLE Project Director, at Lisa.Kurtz@georgetown.edu.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS OF INCREASE IN SOPHISTICATED SCAMS

Scam AlertDUNCANVILLE, TX – Duncanville Police Department is currently investigating several financial fraud offenses committed against the elderly and other vulnerable citizens within the city.  Officers have been made aware of new methods being used by fraud suspects, which can include gifts being delivered to the homes of victims to make the scam appear more credible.  The scammer may use these unsolicited gifts to convince potential victims there is a larger prize to be had, but usually with a catch. These offenses have been conducted over the phone, by text, mail, and via the internet.

Most scams start with unsolicited contact from people posing as employees from government agencies, utility companies, the lottery commission, or even as friends or family members.

Never trust caller ID.  Identify the caller and the company or agency they represent.  Ask questions, but don’t answer theirs. Verify what you are provided by researching that information yourself or by having someone you trust do so.  If you are being pressured to provide personal information immediately, it should raise your suspicion.  Don’t be surprised if, during phone scams, the caller becomes belligerent or hangs up when told you want to verify their information.  This is a good indication of an attempted scam.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to an unexpected request. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

Remember, if they are asking for money for you to get money it is most likely a scam. Legitimate organizations will also never ask to be paid by gift card.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 3 to file a report.  For additional information or resources call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE IMPLEMENT CRIME AWARENESS FOR CITIZENS

Duncanville residents will now be able to utilize a crime mapping tool to be more informed about reported crime within the City of Duncanville. This tool, CrimeMapping.com, interfaces with the Duncanville Police Department’s Records Management System (RMS) to map, list and chart general crime as reported. The Duncanville Police Department is excited to announce this tool to its citizens as a means to enhance their ability to access general crime data efficiently. Although this tool is anticipated to allow for more information-sharing about generalized crime to our citizens, it does not provide sensitive information about each reported crime due to victims’ privacy issues as well as issues pertaining to investigation integrity.

CrimeMapping.com can be accessed from any computer or mobile device either directly at www.CrimeMapping.com, or via a link on the City of Duncanville’s website. The desired data of each individual, based on his/her parameters, includes sharp map visuals and icons which clearly depict reported crimes in areas of interest (work, home, schools or daycare facilities).

The www.CrimeMapping.com website also allows users the ability to set individualized crime alerts around specific addresses by setting up automatic notifications pertinent to the area and/or reported crime(s) selected. A short instructional video, which can be found towards the bottom of the homepage at www.CrimeMapping.com, provides a detailed overview of the site’s features.

COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

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Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation Establishes Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

Duncanville, Texas – The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has established a Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The DCEDC has agreed to fund $250,000 for the program to assist Duncanville businesses.  

The program is offering grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to aid small businesses with fewer than 20 employees enduring economic hardships due to COVID-19. The grants are provided on a reimbursement basis and can be used for normal operating expenses and payroll. Businesses must have been operating in Duncanville by November 14, 2019, in order to apply for assistance.

“Small businesses are the heart of our community, and the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer this program to help our small businesses recover from the negative effects caused by the pandemic,” said DCEDC President Steve Dial. “The DCEDC’s goal is to help provide small businesses with assistance in addition to the grants offered by the federal government and other organizations to help bridge the revenue gap created while many of them were forced to close.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to announce the establishment of a recovery initiative for our Duncanville small businesses,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation board of directors created a means to provide financial assistance to help weather the economic impact of COVID-19. What’s especially important about this program is that the monies available come directly from the city. This means the application process is managed locally. I commend the DCEDC board of directors for their creativity and concern for our small businesses.”

Applications will be accepted from May 12, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  Businesses can fill out an application online or print one off and submit it to the Economic Development Department at the Duncanville City Hall located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, Texas 75116. The DCEDC Board will review the applications and award grants based on the economic impact to the community.

For more information and to apply for the Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program, visit www.DuncanvilleEDC.com or call 972.780.5090.

Amended Order of Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon

Order Summary:

The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in the city of Duncanville to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Order takes effect at 9:00 p.m. on the date hereof and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on May 6th, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.

  • Shelter in Place Amended Order effective April 2, 2020 at 9:00 PM
  • The order is effective through May 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Exceptions for essential activities
  • Exceptions for essential work to provide:
    • Essential business
    • Essential government
    • Essential public infrastructure construction, including housing
    • Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Duncanville Police Department and other licensed peace officers, are hereby authorized to enforce this order.



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