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FBJSL check presentation to Fort Bend Family Promise Board Members. (L-R): Greg Haralson, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Chief Executive Officer; Nancy Olson, Fort Bend Family Promise Board Member and Spring Fling Honorary Chair; Johnnie Wright, Spring Fling Co-Chair; Vera Johnson, Fort Bend Family Promise Executive Director; Melissa Hayslip, Spring Fling Co-Chair; John Tipton, Fort Bend Family Promise Board President; Cindy Dempster, FBJSL Board President. Not Shown-KK West, Spring Fling Co-Chair.
After a months-long search, Missouri City Councilmembers announced at their July 7 Regular Meeting that former Assistant Chief of Operations Mike Berezin would be sworn in as the City’s new Chief of Police on July 9 at the Public Safety Headquarters. “Having been with the City for more than 25 years, I consider it an honor to work with my fellow Missouri City employees,” Chief Berezin said. “Council, for as long as I can remember, has always been supportive of my department, and I’m grateful to serve the City as Police Chief.” Chief Berezin has been serving as the City’s Interim Police Chief since former Chief Joel Fitzgerald left to serve as the head of the Allentown, Pa., Police Department, in January of this year. Well-known for his leadership and exemplary service, Chief Berezin was promoted to his assistant chief position in 2011 and
was in command of the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions. Throughout his tenure with the City, Chief Berezin has endeared himself to the countless citizens he has met while serving to protect the community. He quickly rose the ranks of the Missouri City Police Department, building his way up every rank in the department and climbing “every rung on the ladder,” as he puts it. Under previous leadership, he has helped the City become ranked one of the top 20 safest cities in Texas by Safe Wise, a company that specializes in security systems; and he helped facilitate the department’s participation in the City’s homeowners’ association outreach program. Thanking Council for the opportunity to lead Missouri City’s finest, Chief Berezin said: “You’ve always been there to give the department positive critiques regarding enforcement.” He began his law-enforcement
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local church congregations. The FBJSL CAF allows the League to extend its financial support further in the community by providing grants of up to $5,000 to charitable organizations in Fort Bend County to address a critical or basic need, fund a pilot program or expand a significant
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The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) along with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital (MHSLH) presented the FBJSL Spring Fling “Black & White Bash” on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Sugar Land Skeeters Insperity Club at Constellation Field. The sold out event was a tremendous success and raised a record breaking $168,000 for Fort Bend Family Promise and the FBJSL Community Assistance Fund (CAF). Guests enjoyed a fabulous evening of casino games, dancing, auction, a seated dinner, and even had a chance to knock one out of the park with batting practice. Guests were also welcomed with a surprise guest, Shaquille O’Neal, at the event. This year’s Co-Chairs, Melissa Hayslip, KK West and Johnnie Wright, along with the FBJSL Spring Fling Committee are grateful for the support of our presenting sponsor, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the numerous other businesses and individuals whose generous sponsorships and
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Lake, California. Christopher Yeager, age 15, placed 16th in the 10K and 3rd overall for 18 & under boys. His time of 1:54:47 qualified him to represent Team USA at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacs and also earned him a spot on the National Junior Team! Chris and Team USA will head to Hawaii in late August to take on other countries like Australia, Canada, and Japan. Teammate, Peyton Quattlebaum, also had an outstanding performance finishing 15th overall in the 5K with a time of 1:01:41.
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City Council salutes Police Chief Mike Berezin at their July 7 meeting. Members from left: Chris Preston (At Large Position #2), Jerry Wyatt (At Large Position #1), Floyd Emery (District D), Chief Berezin, Yolanda Ford (District A), Mayor Pro Tem Robin Elackatt (District C), Don Smith (District B) and Mayor Allen Owen. career with the Missouri City Police Department in January 1989 as a Patrol Officer. He has since served as Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Captain of the Patrol Division. In that position, he oversaw the department’s respected community outreach program through which supervisors are assigned to attend homeowners’ association meetings and collaborate with residents on crime prevention measures. In 1990, Chief Berezin was honored as “Officer of the Year” by the Fort Bend County 100 Club; the award was also bestowed on him in 2001 by the 100 Club of Greater Houston. “It is an honor to work alongside someone as dedicated to not only his department but to the entire Missouri City
community,” City Manager Edward Broussard said. “Chief Berezin’s dedication to the safety of Missouri City residents has never wavered throughout his more than 25 years in the department, and it is inspiring to see someone as passionate as him continue to grow amongst such a wide diversity of City growth, leadership, partnerships and technology.” Chief Berezin is a graduate of the Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and of the 236th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. “I am 100 percent looking forward to serving the City as the newest Chief of Police,” Chief Berezin said. “I hope to do bigger and better things than anyone in this City has ever seen.”
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