Texas Municipal Police Association Strongly Supports Missouri City Civil Service Petition Effort

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) stands with the men and women of Missouri City, Texas in both the police and fire departments, and strongly supports their local efforts to put a civil service referendum before the voters.

"Civil service" statutes were passed in 1950, with the assistance of early members of TMPA at the state legislature, with the stated purpose of creating and promoting efficient police and fire departments staffed by well-trained individuals who are free of political influence. These statutes established objective standards for hiring, promotion, and discipline, and are crucial for creating departments across our state that value and promote professionalism over cronyism and nepotism.

To put a civil service referendum before the voters of Missouri City, TMPA recommends hitting a goal of 5,000 signatures on the petition. The petition only gives local residents a vote on adoption of civil service for their police and fire departments.

Missouri City Police Officers Association and Missouri City Professional Firefighters Association are working together in support of this effort. For additional information please contact them directly at:

Jay McClellan Missouri City Police Officers Association, President (281) 450-2845

Greg Ybarra Missouri City Professional Firefighters Association, President (281) 960-6049

Also, the two associations have created a Facebook page for the petition effort entitled "Missouri City for Public Safety".

TMPA understands the value of civil service to its members and to the people we serve and we fully support any effort to bring civil service to local communities.