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new poli ce chief
By Nicole Turner
The city of Denton will
soon get a new police chief.
On Aug. 13, Roy W. Minter, Jr.
will assume the position and
said he has big plans for the
Minter said he has a three-
point agenda. The first two
things he said he wants to do
are continue to keep the crime
rate low and build a strong
partnership with city resi-
"There is no better way to
have partnership with the
community than to reduce
crime," Minter said.
The third focus on his
agenda is to operate with
"We are deploying our
personnel and using our
resources in the most effec-
tive and efficient way possible,"
In a city of Denton press
release, city manager George
Campbell said, "Roy is a
highly qualified and skilled
individual with an extremely
diverse law enforcement back-
ground. His experience made
him the ideal candidate, and I
have every confidence that his
leadership will maintain the
high standard of excellence
our community has come to
expect from the Denton Police
Minter comes to Denton
with 25 years of experience in
law enforcement. He began
his career in 1982 when he
became a police officer for the
Houston Police Department in
the Special Operations Bureau/
Tactical Services Bureau. After
10 years in Houston, Minter
was recruited and moved to
Aurora, Colo., where he served
as part of the police depart-
While in Aurora, Minter held
several posts. He was a control
officer, field training officer
and vice and narcotics investi-
gator. In 1997, he was promoted
to detective and served in the
juvenile, domestic violence
and sex crimes units.
In 2002, Minter was
promoted again to lieu-
tenant and served as a patrol
commander, training section
commander and operations
support section commander.
Finally in 2006, Minter was
promoted once again to
Minter has been with the
Aurora Police Department
since 1992 but said he is ready
to move back to Texas.
"This is a tremendous
opportunity for me to come
into such a great agency as the
Denton Police Department,"
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hybrid semi-truck on display during the Energy Conservation Summit Saturday morning at the NT Gateway
NT summi t focuses on
By Matt Goodman
NT hosted an energy conservation
summit sponsored by Congressman
Michael Burgess July 14 at the
Gateway Center that focused on
informing the public of different
ways to conserve energy for both
the present and the future.
President Gretchen Bataille
opened with a welcome address
informing the audience of what
the College of Engineering is doing
to promote energy conservation
"Our College of Engineering will
begin offering the nation's first
degrees in mechanical and energy
engineering," Bataille said. "The
groundbreaking programs, which
join only a handful offered world-
wide, will focus students on the
production of energy, which is a
critical need as our nation seeks
alternatives to fossil fuel."
The summit featured three semi-
nars, each specializing in different
areas of energy conservation.
The first helped the audience
learn how to conserve energy in
already established homes, the
second discussed energy conser-
vation in new homes and the final
seminar dealt with conserving
energy while using transporta-
"These were three areas that
touched my life recently, and they
were things I had direct experience
with," Burgess said.
The first seminar, which dealt
with pre-existing homes, urged
consumers to change things
around the house that could poten-
tially save the consumer money
and help conserve energy, such as
anti-reflective coating and zero-
energy windows. Burgess also
stressed changing to a non-tank
"Instead of having a water tank
based water heater, have one that
only heats water at that specific
time," said associate Dean of
Engineering Miguel Garcia.
The next seminar dealt with
homes that have yet to be built.
Burgess had a house built in
Lewisville last year and said he
was able to bring his electricity
bill down 40 percent by employing
various development techniques
that conserve energy.
"Foam insulation can be put into
walls, and it really does create a
much more energy-efficient home,"
Burgess said. "Outside noise has a
much harder time getting through
When Burgess took office in
2003, 68 percent of total pollution
in the metroplex was because ofau-
tomobiles, which prompted the
congressman to push forward with
the final seminar. Denton-based
motor company Peterbilt brought
some of its larger, more energy effi-
cient trucks to the summit. Audience
members were taught how to search
for a car with the best price and air
quality, Burgess said.
"It became very clear to me that
the consumer holds a lot of the
power helping with clean air,"
Burgess said. "It's finding how we
could get the best bang for our buck
and for air quality."
Garcia said he hopes the summit
was successful in helping the
consumer conserve energy and
save money as well.
"I think the intent of the seminar
was to make consumers aware that
there are technologies out there
that would help them today and
tomorrow," Garcia said.
Burgess stressed the importance
of the consumer influencing the
demand for more energy-efficient
homes and automobiles.
"I put the emphasis on all things
that you can do within your world
right now," Burgess said. "It doesn't
require anything exotic; it doesn't
require a huge windmill behind
your house. This is stuff you can
do right now that will have a posi-
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