WINDCREST — Elections last fall saw new faces at City Hall, and now residents are getting acquainted with more additions to the ranks of municipal leaders.
The city recently appointed a new police chief, fire chief and city secretary.
Police Chief Darrell Volz succeeds Al Ballew, who retired in January after seven years. Lt. Daniel Hernandez oversaw the division on an interim basis.
“We (City Council) were looking for a strong leader to take the Windcrest Police Department to the next level and we feel we found that in (Volz),” said Councilwoman Sherillyn Flick.
Volz started working in Windcrest in early April after four years as Balcones Heights’ top cop. Before then, he spent 35 years with the San Antonio Police Department.
The council interviewed five candidates.
In a related matter, new Fire Chief Dan Kramer previously served more than two years with the Leander Fire Department. He also has been an emergency first responder in Blanco, Marble Falls and Bulverde/Spring Branch.
“He came in and knocked our socks off,” Flick said at the March 18 council meeting, describing the interview process. “He’s a very impressive person between how intelligent he is, his experience and the progressive way he thinks.”
Kramer earned a bachelor’s degree in emergency management administration from West Texas A&M University, and an associate’s degree in fire protection technologies from Austin Community College.
Kramer became Windcrest’s fire chief in late March, succeeding interim leader Tim Zelenak, who replaced Jonathan Weidemann.
Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association members met with Kramer and two other candidates before the council made its selection.
New City Secretary Rachel Dominguez labored more than nine years as executive secretary at the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She’s experienced and skilled in human resources, payroll, office management, plus data and statistical analysis, officials said.
Dominguez earned a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word.
“We felt (Dominguez) had a lot of experience and was extremely well-rounded in her background,” Flick said.
During the last few months, Windcrest has sought fresh outlooks for the way the city operates.
In December, the council removed seven Economic Development Corp. board members and replaced them with George Alva, Pat Brown, Kevin Compton, Hobson Cunningham, John Fagin, Rip Stimpson and Jennifer Newman (president).