SHERIFF SUSAN PAMERLEAU
Please join us on March 18th at FEAST for an informative Civics class for all ages. We will have special music and juice starting promptly at 9:45 am. Please arrive promptly so that we can honor our speakers and show respect to everyone's time. Our speakers will each share with the class and follow their presentations with a time of Q&A from the audience. Our speakers for March will be Bexar County Sheriff, Susan Pamerleau, and Donna Kay McKinney-Bexar County District Clerk. We have times of interactions and prayer with our speakers as they share their personal journeys with us. We thank God for His blessings on this class for over ten years. We will be looking for YOU.
We conclude our meeting with a complimentary lunch. Lunch is made possible by sponsorships. In order to be a good steward, we need families to RSVP early and to attend after the RSVP-unless an emergency arises. Entire families and friends are encouraged to attend the meeting. Business casual dress is requested during our meetings. There is no fee to participate in our Civics meetings. Come and learn about our community and invite others to come with you! Please bring a monetary donation for FEAST for the use of the room and their staffing assistance during the year. An offering basket will be on the table as you enter the room. Checks may be made payable to FEAST and are tax deductible. Thank you for showing your appreciation to FEAST.
SUSAN L. PAMERLEAU
SUSAN L. PAMERLEAU is the Sheriff of Bexar County. The Office of Sheriff serves as the chief lawenforcement officer for the county and is responsible for all judicial support including security at the courthouse complex. She also oversees the operations of the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. She was elected to the position on November 6, 2012, becoming the first woman to be elected to the post.
As Sheriff, Pamerleau has pledged her commitment to the people of Bexar County, enacting guiding principles to ensure the Sheriff's Office is run professionally and with operational excellence. Her number one priority as Sheriff is public safety, on a strong foundation of stewardship of tax-payer dollars; improvements in jail operations; and family violence prevention initiatives, a topic on which she is a nationally-recognized speaker.
Pamerleau's lifetime of service to our nation and community is highlighted with leadership, duty, honor, and excellence. She has achieved the highest levels of success in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to being elected Sheriff, Pamerleau served 32-years in the United States Air Force, joining when less than one and a half percent of the Armed Forces were women. She rose to the rank of Major General. After her retirement from the Air Force, she also served in the highest levels of the corporate world, as Senior Vice President at USAA, a Fortune 150 company, and serves on the board of directors for Government Personnel Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Donna Kay McKinney- Bexar County District Clerk
Donna Kay McKinney was elected to her first term as Bexar County District Clerk on November 2, 2010, taking office on January 1, 2011, and re-elected to her second four-year term beginning on January 1, 2015. Ms. McKinney earned both her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and her Master's Degree in Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where she also taught Budget and Taxation as an adjunct professor. Ms. McKinney has spent most of her adult life in public sector employment in all three branches of government. Her service includes working for the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court, the Tax-Assessor Collector, the Judge of Probate Court, as well as the District Clerk. She served on the Supreme Court’s Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force, having been appointed by The Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson, former Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Texas, on August 12, 2011. The Task Force was formed to study and report on the preservation of historic Texas state, district, and county court records. Ms. McKinney was one of only two district clerks asked to speak on her preservation efforts when the task force's first report was presented to a meeting of the Supreme Court of Texas.
Ms. McKinney also serves on the five-member board of The Hidalgo Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2001 by Founder and President Tracy Wolff with the mission of preservingand renovating the 115-year-old historic Bexar County Courthouse which is the oldest and largest continuously operated historic courthouse in Texas.
In addition to her duties as District Clerk, Ms. McKinney has served on the Bexar County BailBond Board since 2011. The Bail Bond Board oversees the various entities that operate bail bond companies and ensures those companies are in compliance with state laws that regulate fair bail bond business practices. In 2014, she was selected by the committee to serve as the chair of theboard beginning January 2015.District Clerk Donna Kay McKinney is continuing with her plans to turn the district clerk's office into a truly paperless system and to provide more information on the Internet. Since taking office, she has added the following information to the district clerk’s website; a week’s worth of civil and criminal dockets; all felony court records as an alphabetized spreadsheet dating back to 1974; and a combined civil and criminal search of the case listings of every document filed in each case. The ultimate goal is to make documents available for online viewing and printing, including being able to buy certified copies online. Her efforts will continue in order to make public records truly public. She believes the principle of liberty is open government and the free exchange of ideas and information.
Ms. McKinney was recognized for these accomplishments and beliefs when she was presented with the Liberty Bell Award by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (SAYLA) in May 2013 and the Statewide Liberty Bell Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) in June 2013. This award is given to a non-lawyer in Texas who has made the most selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of Justice by instilling better understanding and appreciation of the law.