CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
HORSESHOE BAY — The police and fire chiefs will invite Horseshoe Bay residents into their offices so the public can learn more about the departments while the chiefs learn how they can better serve the community.
Police Chief Rocky Wardlow and Fire Chief Joe Morris will welcome the public with weekly sessions as part of a program called “Coffee with the Chiefs.”
“We thought it would be a good idea for the public to come meet both of us and just visit in a casual, friendly kind of setting and have coffee,” Wardlow said.
“It’s important for the community to get to know us as well as be more connected with the community,” he added. “We’ll give them an opportunity to understand the day-to-day operations of the two departments.”
The sessions will start Nov. 4 and go through Feb. 26, 2016, from 9-10:30 a.m Wednesdays and Fridays.
“I’ll share with them some of the statistical and analytical data, our response times, our call volumes, how we spend our time as a fire department,” Morris said. “I think we should be publicly accountable. The most beneficial thing is it allows them a direct conduit with us.”
Morris, who joined the local agency about three months ago, believes the program will give him an opportunity to sing the praises of his staff.
“I’m very proud of the firefighters in Horseshoe Bay, and I’d like to share with everyone what they do and how they spend their time,” Morris said.
Wardlow, who recently replaced Bill Lane, said he hopes to reaquaint residents with public safety improvements over the past several years as he served as assistant chief.
“We’ve got several programs that we’ve implemented prior to Chief Lane’s retirement,” he said. “We’re going to continue those programs that, so far, have been very successful.”
The meetings should foster a sense of openness between the residents and the agencies.
“It’s important for the public to know and feel comfortable in the leadership in the police and fire departments,” Wardlow said.
To schedule a time on Wednesdays with the police chief, call (830) 598-9931. To schedule a time on Fridays with the fire chief, call (830) 598-9911.