The Highland Village City Council on Tuesday held a community reception for retiring police Chief Ed O’Bara.
Chief O’Bara began his service with the city in 2000. O’Bara developed the Community Oriented Public Safety model which focuses the efforts of the department on the prevention of crime and safety related problems. This philosophy, along with the department’s partnership with the community, is the main reason Highland Village has been known as the safest city in north Texas since 2002.
During his 14 years as chief of police, O’Bara has led the department to develop community-oriented programs to foster the partnership with the community and make Highland Village a safe and enjoyable place for residents, businesses and visitors.
Representatives from the community as well as the offices of Congressman Burgess, Representative Tan Parker, Representative Ron Simmons, Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell and Sheriff Travis attended and spoke in recognition of O’Bara’s achievements in Highland Village.
Assistant Chief Mark Stewart will serve as interim police chief while a search is conducted for candidates.
During the Council and Mayor announcements, Mayor Davis recognized the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Southeast Denton County to take place on May 16, proclaiming May 16 as Relay for Life Day in Highland Village. Also during this time Mayor Davis recognized the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, encouraged citizens to adopt shelter and rescue animals and proclaimed April 26 as Greyhound Adoption Day in honor of their 13th anniversary celebration at Pilot Knoll Park in Highland Village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The HVTV Update informed residents of the upcoming Paper Shredding Day on April 26 from 2-5 pm at Pilot Knoll Park, Congressman Burgess’ 6th annual Emergency Preparedness Summit and Fair to be held on April 26 at Lewisville Harmon High School from 8 AM to noon, the upcoming Movies in the Park series beginning on May 2 at Pilot Knoll Park and Celebrate Highland Village to be held on June 7.
The City Council early work session is now available on HVTV (Time Warner 15; Verizon 43) and via the website streaming by clicking HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.
Source: City of Highland Village