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The job of a Municipal Court Marshal can be serious business – processing warrants, making arrests and preventing or diffusing situations in the court room – but Ricky Jimenez brings a certain lightness to the job that is appreciated by those he serves. His sense of humor and positive demeanor help people through sometimes difficult situations, and Ricky's smile is infectious to those around him. He truly shares his smile with the world!
Not only does Ricky excel in his interactions with the public, but he is also well respected amongst his coworkers. Ricky recently received the Golden Anchor Award at the Coppell Employee Appreciation Banquet. The peer-nominated award recognizes Ricky for embodying the organization's core values by striving to make every situation better, exceeding the customer's expectations and serving with a servant's heart.
Public service has always been a part of Ricky's life. He grew up exploring the shipyard and the tide pools on the beaches near his home in Panama City, Panama, and he remembers his attraction to the strong military presence there. When he was 18, he left to escape the country's political strife, earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from East Texas A&M University-Commerce and joined the Army Reserve as well as the Coppell Police Department.
During his Police Academy training, Ricky's Army Reserve unit was deployed to Iraq and the City held his position. When he returned from his tour almost a year later, he finished the Police Academy and joined the ranks as a patrol officer. With nearly 15 years of service to Coppell, Ricky has also served as a School Resource Officer and has been a Municipal Court Marshal for almost three years.
When he's not in the courtroom or out in the field, Ricky is spending time with his wife, Amanda and their two young sons practicing Jiu-Jitsu and daydreaming about getting back to the beach.
Ricky said the City of Coppell is the place that opened the doors for him and his career, and he's stayed because of the great people and positive environment. Ricky's dedication to public service has contributed to the City's leadership culture, and he is an asset to both the community and the organization.