MPD holds building dedication

Posted 11/17/20

The Madisonville Police Department held a dedication ceremony for their new station on Cottonwood Street Thursday with officers and city personnel in attendance.

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MPD holds building dedication

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The Madisonville Police Department held a dedication ceremony for their new station on Cottonwood Street Thursday with officers and city personnel in attendance.

Mayor William Parten, Chief Herbert Gilbert and City Manager Camilla Viator spoke at the event and Pastor Joshua Crutchfield of First Baptist Church delivered a prayer for the dedication.

“This is something we’ve been looking forward to for a number of years,” said Parten. “Thank you citizens for the patience you’ve given us and the funding you’ve given us to build these facilities. We thank the city councilmen that have worked tirelessly, our city manager, chief of police and all others.”

Parten also thanked law enforcement officers and their families and encouraged citizens to support the police department. He included a broad message of unity amid nationwide turmoil throughout the speech.

“This city and this county can be an example,” said Parten. “Let’s work together, let’s be an example. Let’s show the world what we can do here and be a change that the Lord would be proud of.”

Gilbert reflected on the project’s history. The Madisonville PD has operated out of City Hall but the idea for a new station has been discussed for at least eight years.

“We are blessed now, here in 2020, to have this project come true,” said Gilbert. “(MPD personnel) are going to put a lot of effort into making sure we take care of this place and that we take care of the citizens of Madisonville just the same.”

The plaque is labeled “City of Madisonville Police Department Building” and reads “Dedicated November 12, 2020 to the Madisonville Police Officers and to the safety of the community they protect.”

Listed on the plaque are the names of Parten, Gilbert, Viator, City Council Members Lois Brown, Jessie Jaenicke, Chris McGilbra and Brady Taylor, City Secretary Rosa Barrera, City Attorney Art Rodriguez and Madisonville PD Captain and Project Manager Richard Morris.

Also recognized are Patterson Architects and Texas Source Contracting.

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