Lesly Wilkinson sworn in as new Corrigan Police Dept. chaplain

Corrigan PD officer Dana Vanya, new Corrigan PD chaplain Pastor Lesly Wilkinson, and Corrigan PD Chief Darrell Gibson, left-to-right. Photo by Mollie La SalleCorrigan PD officer Dana Vanya, new Corrigan PD chaplain Pastor Lesly Wilkinson, and Corrigan PD Chief Darrell Gibson, left-to-right. Photo by Mollie La Salle

By Mollie LaSalle

CORRIGAN – City Secretary Carrie Casper swore in Pastor Lesly Wilkinson of Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church as the new chaplain for the police department during Corrigan's city council meeting November 21. Chief Darrell Gibson welcomed Wilkinson, who took the oath in front of friends and family members.

Council approved, in short order, the minutes from the previous meeting and financial statements for October. An ordinance providing for a change in the municipal contributions to the current service annuity reserve at retirement for city employees was approved with corrections, per City Manager Darrian Hudman.

Council approved the renewal of Hudman's contract with the city. Chief Gibson's contract was renewed also, with Mayor Johnna Gibson abstaining from the vote. Council went into executive session pursuant to code section 551.074 of the Texas Open Meetings Act for the following reasons: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee or to hear complaints against a public officer or employee. No action was taken upon returning to open session.

Lieutenant Thomas Spurlock of the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department reported there were 13 calls for assistance in October, of which three of the calls were cancelled. The fire department also held a fire prevention class at the primary school, assisited at one wreck, one vehicle fire and one mutual aid call. Chief Gibson reported that the police department made 41 arrests, handed out 1,066 citations, had 281 calls for service, performed 1,215 traffic stops, conducted 2,789 building checks, worked 27 cases, submitted 28 cases to the DA for prosecution, and worked 3 accidents, with no traffic deaths reported.

Mayor Gibson wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming Winterfest 2017: "Cowboy Christmas" which will held Saturday, December 9 beginning at 9 a.m.

The event promises to be bigger and better than past Winterfest events. The parade starts at 10, and there will be booths set up around "downtown" Corrigan (City Hall square).

There will be a contest for the best decorated floats, and there are plans to have a Little Miss and Mister pageant. Anyone interested in reserving a booth or entering a car, ATV, bicycle, wagon, or a decorated float to be judged should contact City Hall at 936-398-4126.

City employees will have their annual Christmas luncheon Tuesday, December 12 at noon at City Hall. Café de Rio is catering the luncheon this year.

Council completed or discussed all the items on their agenda, and adjourned the meeting at 7 p.m. Corrigan City Council meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.