2 A MESSAGE TO YOU
The City of Henderson has embarked on an ambitious plan to harness technology and data to become a
true “smart city” for the 21st century. We are already seeing the results in everything from public safety
to transparency to transportation infrastructure.
Smart cities are urban areas that integrate data and communication technology to provide better,
more efficient services to their residents and to enhance quality of life in the community.
Investing in smart city technology today will also pay dividends tomorrow by enhancing Henderson’s
economic competitiveness as companies look for communities that are on the cutting edge when it
comes to data-driven solutions to urban challenges. And it’s generating savings today by helping us
become more efficient in how we manage our buildings, parks and roads.
For example, by collecting and analyzing data from sensors, cameras and other technologies, the city
is creating systems capable of recognizing traffic congestion and adjusting traffic lights to respond
automatically. This produces increases in efficiency, reduces traffic, cuts air pollution, and helps
improve public safety.
Utilizing smart sensors to detect lighting conditions in our buildings and street lights allows us to
eliminate waste, save money and reduce our carbon footprint by using less energy. Sensors in the
turf at our parks can monitor the water and mineral content in our soil, humidity and environmental
conditions to ensure we are keeping our ball fields and open spaces green and healthy, while
conserving water and reducing maintenance needs.
By being data driven, we are more effective at providing key public services. It also allows us to be
more transparent by sharing a growing collection of data with the public so community members can gain valuable insights into the work of the city that happens on a
daily basis. Shared data can also be used to create digital applications or be harnessed in innovative ways to improve the community or tap new commercial
We look forward to continuing our smart city efforts as we work to better serve Henderson’s families and businesses and to become America’s premier community.
The Henderson Fire Department and Police Department both have new chiefs, but their mission remains the same: protect our community and work with residents to
ensure that Henderson continues to be one of the safest places in the nation to call home.
Chief Shawn White was sworn in as the city’s 11th fire chief earlier this year. He is an exceptional leader who is committed to continuing the Henderson Fire Department’s
tradition of providing our community with excellent emergency response services.
Chief White joined the Henderson Fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic and was promoted to captain and battalion chief before he was named deputy fire
chief in 2014. Assisting the chief will be new Deputy Fire Chief Tim McKeever.
Henderson’s new police chief is LaTesha Watson, a former deputy chief of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department,
who was chosen from a field of nearly 90 applicants following a national search. Chief Watson’s appointment was
ratified by the Mayor and City Council in October.
Chief Watson brings to the role of police chief proven leadership skills, extensive law enforcement experience and
a vision for building on the success of the Henderson Police Department. She began her law enforcement career
in 1994 with the Hutchins, Texas, Police Department, and worked for the Lewisville, Texas, Police Department
before joining the Arlington Police Department in 2002. She was named deputy chief in 2014, becoming the
youngest individual to hold that position in the Arlington Police Department’s history.
In addition to her many years of police service, Chief Watson also has a strong academic and research
background, having earned a Ph.D. in management and organizational leadership, a Master of Science in
criminology and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.
We are grateful to all of the men and women of Henderson’s Police and Fire departments for their skills and
dedication to public safety. As our community witnessed during the tragic events of October 1, when an emergency
strikes, you can be confident that our first responders will be there to answer the call to protect and serve.
Robert A. Murnane, P.E.