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VC names new police chief

By Carolina Astrain
Aug. 20, 2012 at 3:20 a.m.
Updated Aug. 21, 2012 at 3:21 a.m.


WHAT: Final public hearing about the proposed tax rateWHEN: 4 p.m. MondayNOTE: The board also is expected to adopt the 2012-13 budget

WHAT: The Victoria College Board of Trustees is expected to adopt its tax rate for the 2012-13 school year. WHEN: 5 p.m. Sept. 10

WHERE: The board meets at the Victoria College Academic Building, 2200 E. Red River St.


The Victoria College Board is proposing the same tax rate as the current rate, 16.06 cents per $100 valuation, but expects to generate more revenue because of increased property values.

The proposed rate would bring in about $913,849 more than last year.

The Effective Rate: 14.81 cents per $100 valuation, would bring in the same amount of revenue as last year, but $653,813 less than budgeted.

New pay and classification pay structure

The Victoria College Board of Trustees adopted proposed pay structure based on experience and education.

When the board adopts the budget at the end of the month, it will determine whether employees will receive a 2-percent or 3-percent cost-of-living increase.

Felix Appelt stood on familiar ground while taking his oath as the new Victoria College police chief.

"This is my alma mater," Appelt said.

He was sworn into office during a special Victoria College board meeting on Monday afternoon.

"For me, it's an honor to serve the college where I started," he said.

As a criminal justice major at Victoria College in 1993, Appelt remembers feeling safe on campus.

"It seemed very family-oriented then," said Appelt, who graduated just before joining the Victoria Police Department in 1994.

He served 18 years with the Victoria Police Department, rising through the ranks to sergeant.

Appelt said the promotion to campus chief feels good.

"It's a new endeavor in my career," Appelt said.

Appelt said one of his goals is to meet the demanding security needs on Victoria College's additional campuses in Port Lavaca and Gonzales.

"I want to make sure we've got emergency plans in place in all those locations," Appelt said. "Make them feel safe."

Appelt said he has full confidence in the emergency system Victoria College has.

"They're very well thought out and organized," Appelt said. "I expect to carry it on and make improvements as needed to keep up with the ever-growing population and growth of the college."

During his time at the police department, Appelt was part of the agency's investigations special assignment section. He was awarded the Department's Medal of Valor for a successful hostage negotiation incident in 1997.

"We're very pleased with the choice of Chief Appelt," said Victoria College President Tom Butler. "He has the skills, experience, demeanor and is exactly what we need."



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