Improving Selma Police Department, city finances dominate Ward 3 meeting

Published 10:09 pm Monday, July 30, 2018

Selma City Councilwoman Miah Jackson had an assortment of subjects at her Ward 3 quarterly meeting on Monday at the Larry D. Striplin Performing Arts Center.

Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier addressed the residents. He spoke about improvements needed within the police department including an increase in officers, police vehicles, rifle-level vests and updated equipment.

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“We’re solving crimes with good old fashioned, hard police work,” Collier said. “We can do better. If public safety is the number one issue, we need the equipment, vehicles and manpower. We need the ability to overwhelm.”

City Treasurer Ronita Wade discussed part of the city’s financial process to the residents.

Wade and Council President Corey Bowie, who attended the meeting, hopes to have a future meeting with mayor Darrio Melton to discuss the city’s financial budget. The fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, with the new year beginning Oct. 1.

When a resident asked Wade about getting a copy of the current city budget, she urged the woman to speak with Melton.

Melton, who also attended the meeting, did not speak.

Jackson addressed her Resident in Service United in Partnership (RISE UP) that took place on July 14.  Over 100 residents participated in the event, cleaning up areas in her district.

“RISE UP was extremely successful,” Jackson said. “I’d like to thank the pastors, congregation and residents for coming out.”

Rayco Industrial and Steward Properties, owned by Ray Harrellson and Darrell Steward, respectively, were the two companies that sponsored RISE UP.

The ministers behind RISE UP were Pastor Steve Burton of Cornerstone Church, Pastor Judge Robert Armstrong of Bluejean Church, Pastor Lance Eiland of Church Street United Methodist Church, Pastor Jerry Light of First Baptist Church and Rector Jack Alvey of St. Paul Episcopal Church.

Dallas County probate judge-elect Jimmy Nunn, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson and City Council President Corey Bowie also attended the meeting.