Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa : Why three names?

From the Longview News Journal, May 30, 2015
Q: Why does the Marshall paper always have to refer to their police chief by his first name, nickname and then his last name. Why not just say "Chief Eddie Campa?"
A: The newspaper follows that style by the chief's request.
Marshall News Messenger News Editor Cait Shields said the chief's first name is "Jesus," but many people call him "Eddie." The newspaper used just that name, "Eddie" a few times, but the chief called and requested the paper use his full name, including his nickname.
The newspaper obliged. See? Journalists are nice people.

Chief Campa even commented below - "My full name is Jesus Eduardo Campa, but people have always called me Eddie. The reason that I have requested that my name be used in that manner was to make it easier on the community that I serve. Marshall is a diverse community with a rapidly growing Hispanic community and they feel more comfortable referring to me by my Spanish given name of Jesus Campa. Believe it or not a lot of English speaking people have a very difficult time saying Chief Jesus Campa. So they refer to me as Chief Eddie Campa. Many of you may not understand or agree with me on this but it really does make a difference when you work in a diverse community. I hope I answered your question."

Jesus "Eddie" Campa - Who is he?

Jesus "Eddie" Campa became the chief of police for the city of Marshall in August of 2014.

According to an article in the Marshall News Messenger, Campa was appointed as the permanent MPD chief in June.

He comes to Marshall after retiring from a 15-year career with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

After retiring, Campa took a temporary position with the Ector County Independent School District while seeking a more permanent position.

While in El Paso, Campa was also a member of the special reaction team, a patrol officer, a school resource officer, a DARE instructor, a TECLEOSE instructor, a defensive tactics' instructor, a community resource officer and a field training officer.

He is a family man, happily married to his wife, Rachel and loves his three children.

As a chief, recently, due to some changes he has implemented in the Marshall Police Department, he has taken some hits to his character from people who it appears do not like change.

So, there are four of us who decided to stand up for him and support him in light of the current darkness that follows him. We not associated with the Marshall Police Department or Chief Campa.

Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa: What is the hardest thing about being a police chief?

Chief Campa: What is the hardest thing about being a police chief?

Chief Campa: The hardest thing about being a chief is trying to maintain harmony at all levels within the department and with the community that we serve. 

Trying to keep everyone happy when you are trying to do the right thing is very hard, because people in general don’t like change. 

I don’t like change for the sake of change, but when change needs to be implemented I have no problem doing it. 

It is safe to say that people will criticize what they don’t understand. This is why when change is going to be implemented it is important to try to sell your ideas to those that will be affected.  

So the hardest thing to do as a chief is to try to sell the new mission and vision.

Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa: My goals as a police chief are simple.

Chief Campa, what are your goals as a police chief? 

Chief Campa: My goal as a police chief is to establish a police department that is respected because of the actions that they do. 

 A police officer is a public servant and we are here to serve the community.  

As a police chief, it is my mission to establish short term and long term goals for the department that will be accomplished by having a close relationship with the community that we serve.  

It is important to establish a leadership trait that follows the concept of team work, while establishing a trust throughout a diverse community.

Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa: Why I Became A Police Officer

Question: Chief Campa, Why Did You Become a Police Officer?

I became a police officer for the same reason many people do, family tradition.

I was raised by a single mother and really had no male role model to follow.  My uncle and aunt made sure that I had everything that my mother could not provide me because she was out working two or three jobs to provide a home for my grandmother and me.  

I spent my summers with them and my weekends with them as well.  I knew that I wanted to follow in my uncle’s foot steeps.  

It is because of him that I choose to become a police officer.  I also like the fact that I can see firsthand the impact on life that I make when I take a criminal off the streets.

Jesus "Eddie" Campa - Media proves blog site's claim against him untrue

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No Evidence to Support Blog Website's Claim New MPD Chief Indicted
By Ashli Acker Dansby -- KMHT

On Thursday, a judicial blog website, Judicial Watch, released a story claiming Marshall's newly hired chief of police, Jesus "Eddie" Campa, had been indicted earlier this year for embezzling millions of dollars from the Department of Homeland Security. While the website provides no sources of the information, and no date of the supposed indictment, the article was enough to turn heads in the community.
KMHT visited with Acting City Manager Kenneth "Buzz" Snyder Friday about the rumor, and he says the city was aware of these claims during the background checks, and numerous background checks have produced no evidence the rumor of the indictment is true.
"We have done extensive background searches, and are required too. Anytime you are dealing with law enforcement especially, there are requirements you have to go through. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) is very strict on how you go about hiring a police chief; there is a lot that has to be done. We have done our city background investigation; we have done the TCOLE background follow up investigation. We have yet to come up with anything to verify, or indicate that these accusations are true," said Snyder. "We've even talked to his former boss, the sheriff, others within his former department and others in El Paso and none of this information can be verified. We can't find any evidence anywhere, at this point, that he was ever indicted anywhere for any reason. Unless someone can prove up these accusations, then there is no way for us to know, because we can't find it, and we have done everything humanly possible because we were aware of these accusations during the background investigations."
Snyder said the city did more in depth background investigations than normal because they were aware of the accusations.
"Obviously, because we were aware of these accusations or rumors, whatever you want to call them, we did probably more in depth background investigations than we probably normally would. There again, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement has some very specific requirements, and they follow up and make sure what we have done is accurate before they will allow someone to become our police chief. We've checked every resource that we can to verify this, and at this point in time we can't find anything that says this is actually true. “said Snyder. "I'm always concerned when I see something on a blog, because blogs, you can put anything you want to on a blog whether it's true or not, so I'm real careful not to buy into that."
Snyder tells KMHT Campa has leased a home in Marshall, is looking forward to coming to Marshall and is still set to begin the job as chief on August 18.
"We're ready for him, I think the Marshall Police Department is ready for him and I look forward to seeing us move forward with our new chief, new ideas and the new direction for our police department."
Late in May, Campa accepted a position as the Interim Chief of the Ector County Independent School District, a position Snyder tells KMHT the city staff and commissioners were aware of when they hired Campa.