HALLSVILLE (KTBS) - After several shake ups over the last few years one area police department says things are looking up. Hallsville in Harrison County, has had their share of problems with the police in the city. Tuesday night at the City Council meeting, their latest police chief is announcing a new direction for the department.
These are just a few of the qualities Hallsville Police Chief Paul Montoya said his department will exemplify."Compassion, loyalty, excellence, allegiance, respect, fairness, appreciation, integrity, trust and honesty. With everything that's happened in the past, we wanted to make sure that we had a very progressive. very professional, very performance based department so that the community could have a department it was proud of." Hallsville Mayor Jerri Medrano says Montoya has been in the position for a little over a year, and his hard work is paying off. "He set goals, he stuck with and then exceeded a lot of those goals. He's stayed within his budget and he's spent wisely."
Because of good decision making Mayor Medrano says, the department was able to finance 5 new police vehicles. "It was much needed because we had a fleet that was starting to cost us some money. It's very exciting to see where we're at. It feels good to have a good balance within the city." Chief Montoya offered, "It's humbling for us to know that our community is behind us as much as they are. They've really supported us and taken us in and made us a part of the fabric of this community."