Saturday, December 5, 2020

Proudly Served and Proudly Serving: City of Southlake Honors Employee Veterans

The City of Southlake takes pride in employing world class employees to serve the Southlake community.

Veterans are valuable assets to our organization and are equipped with a specialized skillset and easily adapt to the City’s core values of Integrity, Innovation, Accountability, Commitment to Excellence and Teamwork due their military training.

The City employs 41 veterans who have served from various branches of the military. Among those are Emergency Manager Amanda Meneses and Police Officer Cpl. Robert Briggs.

 

Meet Amanda Meneses

Meneses served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years and held two positions, the master-at-arms and military working dog handler. She now serves the Southlake community as the emergency manager.

She said values are ingrained in her from day one at boot camp and still hold true to this day.

Meneses explained how the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment have a significant impact on her role and day-to-day activities.

“Honor. I am accountable for my professional and personal behavior. I am mindful of the privilege I have to serve my community. Courage gives me the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of adversity. Commitment. It is my daily duty to join together as a team with co-workers, city employees and members of the community to improve the quality of our work, our people, ourselves and the community as a whole,” she said.

Meneses keeps these core values and their influence in how she serves the Southlake community, even after she’s been out of the Navy for 10 years. To her Veterans Day means four words: Honor, Sacrifice, Hope and Freedom.

Meet Cpl. Robert Briggs

Briggs served in the U.S. Army for 13 years. He now protects and serves with the City of Southlake Police Department. He said that lessons and experiences he has from the military are utilized every day in his career.

“These include lessons and experiences with leadership, logistics and analysis, as well as the Army values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage,” Briggs said.

He defines Veterans Day as a day to be grateful.

“We should of course always be thankful for the sacrifices in which our current and former military veterans have made for our personal freedoms and liberties. Veterans Day serves as an annual reminder for Americans to take time to deliberately thank our American Patriots,” Briggs said.

The City of Southlake would like to thank all veterans for their service.