Daisetta names interim police chief

Kelvin Burks (right) is the new police chief for the City of Daisetta. He is pictured with the former chief, Mike Parrish, who resigned earlier this year to take a position with Liberty Police Department.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

Kelvin Burks is the interim police chief for the City of Daisetta. His first day will be March 1, a day after the departure of Chief Mike Parrish, who is leaving for a position as detective with Liberty Police Department.

Burks has worked for Daisetta Police Department for nine years as an officer. The decision to move him into the interim chief position was made on Monday, Feb. 25, by Daisetta City Council.

“He’s local. Everyone knows him. He is affiliated with Liberty County EMS,” said Mayor Eric Thaxton. “I was really impressed with his interview. He was relaxed and confident, and answered every question the council had for him.”

Once the job is posted and the deadline for applications has passed, the council will name a chief, Thaxton said.

In other business, council approved the reblading and addition of base to three city streets – California, South Carolina and N. Nebraska. Earlier this month, they approved the paving with hot mix asphalt of three other streets – Louisiana, Cedar and a portion of Pecan.

Thaxton said he is proud the city is able to improve these streets for the citizens of Daisetta. The city maintains 10.2 miles of streets in total.

On Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m., Daisetta City Council and Hull Fresh Water District will hold a joint workshop to discuss the possibility of a new water well.

“They have been supplying our water. Daisetta is unable to drill a well. Where our existing wells are located, we can’t do anything there,” Thaxton said. “Our plan is to go to Hull and put a well beside their existing well. It will have to be approved by Hull Fresh Water District.”

The well, which comes with a $1 million price tag, will be funded in part by grants, the mayor added.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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