City of Odessa Officials Project Graduation Press Conference

Odessa, Texas/May 22, 2024-The City of Odessa, Odessa Police Department, ECISD Police and the Ector County Sheriff’s Office held the 2024 Project Graduation press conference. Odessa City Councilwoman Denise Swanner presented a check of 500 dollars to Permian High School and 500-dollar check to Odessa High. 

(Denise Swanner, City Councilwoman-At Large/Odessa City Council/Odessa, Texas) 

Odessa Crime Stoppers encourages anyone who is aware of parties with information on underage drinking to call the Odessa Crime Stopper tip line. 

(Susan Rogers, Executive Director-Odessa Crime Stoppers/Odessa, Texas) 

Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free all-night party. Graduates who attend enjoy a wide selection of food and snacks and will be eligible for prizes throughout the night. The event will begin May 25 from 11pm to 6am at the Odessa College Sports Center. 

(Sara Hinshaw, Program Director-Midessa Community Alliance/Odessa, Texas) 

(Michael Gereke, Chief of Police-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

City of Odessa Ends Funding to Downtown Odessa, Inc-Returns as an Independent Nonprofit Corporation

Odessa, Texas/March 18, 2024-Odessa, Texas/March 18, 2024-During a recent meeting of the Odessa City Council, City Manager John Beckmeyer presented a resolution to the council to cut the funding and support to Downtown Odessa, Inc. and removing the organization from the City of Odessa. 

(John Beckmeyer, City Manager-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Downtown Odessa, Inc was originally called Main Street Odessa, a non-profit Corporation that presented 

events downtown that included the summer bash 4th of July center piece Firecracker Fandango. The organization is currently located inside Municiple Plaza. A previous Odessa City Council Administration brought the non-profit corporation to the City of Odessa as a department. It is unknown if Downtown Odessa, Inc., will be able to remain at Municiple Plaza. 

(John Beckmeyer, City Manager-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Several longtime Odessa residents that included a Downtown Odessa, Inc Board 

member and a Downtown Odessa business owner voiced their support of Downtown Odessa, Inc as a City department. 

(Resident) 

(Business Owner) 

(Board Member) 

There is a Task Force made up of several City of Odessa department heads that include the Communications Director are now looking at unessential programs within the Odessa Police Department. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera 

 

 

 

Odessa City Council Provides ARPA Funds to Medical Center Health System

During the Tuesday, January 9th City Council meeting the council provided Medical Health System one million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 known as ARPA. The funds will go to the hospital’s foundation and distributed to the Permian Basin Behavioral Health Center in Midland. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Odessa, Texas) 

Mental health is currently being provided by local jails and local hospital ER departments.  

(Russell Tippin, President/CEO-Medical Center Health System-Odessa, Texas) 

The Odessa City Council also provided funding through ARPA to the Medical Center Health System to bring diabetes awareness. and education to sub low-income residents. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Odessa, Texas) 

Medical Center Health System will reopen one of its facilities located on 42nd Street between Grandview and Dawn to provide diabetes care for sub low-income residents. 

(Russell Tippin, President/CEO-Medical Center Health System-Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Odessa City Council Vote in Favor of Not Enforcing Imposed National or State of Texas Covid Mandates

Odessa City Council Introduces New City Manager

Odessa, Texas/August 17, 2023-Mayor Javier Joven and members of the Odessa City Council formally introduced in council chambers, John Beckmeyer as the new City Manager. 

(John Beckmeyer, New City Manager, Odessa, Texas) 

Mr. Beckmeyer has been working as city manager for a little over a week and has been visiting the city of Odessa departments and department heads and employees. The new city manager refers to all staff as “Team Members” 

(John Beckmeyer, New City Manager, Odessa, Texas) 

Odessa City Councilman, District 1, Mark Matta is very pleased with the selection of John Beckmeyer as the new city manager. 

(Mark Matta, City Councilman, District 1-City of Odessa/Texas) 

This past March the Odessa City Council and T2 Consulting held Benchmarks meetings to come up with requirements and expectations the council wanted in a city manager. A couple of the requirements: A bachelor’s degree in a related area or 3 to 5 years of experience as a department head or city manager. 

(Mark Matta, City Councilman, District 1-City of Odessa/Texas) 

John Beckmeyer, the new City Manager will be introduced to the public at the next scheduled Odessa City Council meeting. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Odessa City Council and the City of Odessa Re open the Odessa Recycling Center

Odessa, Texas/June 21, 2023-The City of Odessa and the City Council have re-opened the Time Machine Recycling Center located on West 42nd Street. Residents can now drive into the facility and drop off cardboard and plastic into the marked containers. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Texas) 

The City of Odessa had 373 containers for recyclables throughout the community. Approximately 80% of the recyclables that reached the containers ended up in the landfill. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Texas) 

The City of Odessa may be close to an external partner in collecting recyclables and other contaminants, which would decrease costs and save the city money.  

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.