Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

For Immediate Release
December 23, 2005
Contact: Christy Bertolino
(806) 374-8994

Seliger Receives Surge Pro Nobis Award from TMPA

AUSTIN, Texas--The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) presented State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) with their esteemed Surge Pro Nobis Award, literally meaning "stand for us," for his outstanding work in support of effective and professional law enforcement during the regular session of the 79th Legislature. "It was a great experience to work with a professional organization like TMPA in my first session in the Texas Senate," said Seliger.

As Vice-Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Senator Seliger ensured the passage of House Bill 2577 requiring local law enforcement agencies to report to the state the reason for a peace officer's termination to protect the integrity of the state's law enforcement officers. This legislation will help prevent those peace officers with a history of poor performance or unethical behavior from taking advantage of police departments that lack the resources to investigate their employment history.

"Senator Seliger's sponsorship and passage of House Bill 2677 served to promote professionalism in the hiring process of police officers and protect communities from the adverse effects of hiring officers with questionable pasts," said TMPA Executive Director Chris Heaton. TMPA is a statewide association that represents over 11,000 peace officer and public safety professionals with the objective of promoting professionalism in Texas law enforcement as well as improving job conditions and enhancing communication among Texas peace officers.

"Hopefully, this legislation will help local law enforcement to meet the highest goals and standards of professionalism for their police forces," Seliger said.

Seliger was sworn in to the Texas Senate to serve the citizens of Senate District 31 on March 2, 2004 to complete the term of former Senator Teel Bivins of Amarillo. He was reelected to serve a full, four-year term on November 4, 2004. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.