Frisco Deputy Chief Jenkins and his wife Sasha are making a difference for their family and in our community. Their daughter, Jayde, was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation.
Deputy Chief Jenkins has served in the Frisco Police Department and the city of Frisco since 1999. It is now our turn to support him and his family; and we NEED to help bring awareness to Chiari Malformation!
Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder where the bottom part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine and causing many symptoms. It can strike children and adults and cause crippling headaches, neck pain, balance problems, trouble breathing, numbness and weakness in the limbs, and a host of other problems. To date there has been very little research on Chiari and fundamental questions regarding its underlying cause, diagnosis, and treatment remain unanswered. It is estimated that Chiari affects over 300,000 people in the US.
Let’s all come out and support the Jenkins' family and walk to raise awareness for Chiari Malformation. Brittany Burgess Livingston and I are proud to sponsor this event and hope you will join us!
I have received numerous call and texts about the city council meeting last night and my vote to dismiss the complaints of alleged Code of Ethics violations. While a lot have been supportive there has been enough concern that I wanted to address it.
While I will not speak for my colleagues, I want to briefly share my thoughts on the process.
My vote to dismiss the allegations does not mean that I think all of the behavior was appropriate or that I condone it. My vote was based on whether it rose to the level of a violation of our Code of Ethics and I don’t believe any of the alleged complaints did.
One of the allegations was a tough one for me to decide on and it was discussed at length last night in our executive session. Ultimately, I decided that while I didn’t like it, and that it wasn’t something I would personally do, that it didn’t rise to a Code of Ethics violation.
Lastly, I am disappointed in how the process was handled when we heard the accusations publicly. It was my understanding that we were going to hear a brief summary of each allegation, get presented the related claimed Code of Ethics violation and then have the opportunity to discuss. The result would have been the same but I think our citizens would be able to better understand the process and the logic behind our reasoning. Going forward I’ll do better making sure this happens should the need arise again.
Ultimately, I am comfortable that I made the correct decision last night and for those that disagree I respect your opinion.
The voting booth is your best tool to let your opinion be heard and the standard there is 100% up to you and your personal beliefs. I really don’t want to see our Code of Ethics become a political weapon and reserve it for clear cut violations that need addressed immediately.