By CRISTIN REECE
The City of Palestine added seven new faces to its ranks recently.
Palestine council members were introduced to six full-time employees and one intern during Monday’s council meeting. The bulk of the new hires were added to the Palestine Police Department’s dispatch staff. They are Mendi Chambers, Christina Connerly, Jeremy Williams and Heather Powell.
“We now have a full staff of full-time dispatchers,” PPD Sgt. James Muniz said after introducing the quartet to council members on Monday. “And we’re extremely happy to have them all here.”
Muniz said all four are highly qualified and each has an experience in both dispatching and law enforcement.
Palestine Economic Development Director Wendy Ellis also recognized the city’s new GIS analyst Mike Hornes and MarketIng Manager Breezy Lake-Wolfe.
Hornes hails from Crockett, attended Texas Tech and has worked in New York City.
Lake-Wolfe is a Jacksonville native, attended Stephen F. Austin State University and “has an extensive background in the hotel, hospitality and tourism industries,” according to Ellis.
“We’re very pleased they’re here and we’re off to an awesome start,” Ellis said.
Intern David Bessette was placed with the city through an internship program that allows urban youth to work in a rural environment, to see the differences each area’s municipalities have to contend with.