Looking to catch up on local news? Here are five must-read stories impacting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

1. Medical City Healthcare names chief medical officer for Frisco, Plano

Medical City Healthcare announced a new chief medical officer has joined its Collin County executive team, according to a hospital news release.

Dr. Jonathan Clarke, a U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran will take over as chief medical officer for Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco hospitals, effective Oct. 2. Clarke brings more than 20 years of health care experience into the role, according to the news release.

He earned his medical degree from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in 2002.

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2. Tarrant County announces new county administrator

Tarrant County has selected Assistant County Administrator Chandler Merritt to replace longtime County Administrator G.K. Maenius after his retirement, according to a Sept. 19 news release. Maenius, who announced his retirement in June, served his last day in office Sept. 30. Merritt started his new duties Oct. 1. Maenius served as the first Tarrant County administrator for 35 years.

​​​​Merritt is native to Tarrant County and has worked as the county's chief of staff since 2017 before assuming his role as assistant county administrator in May 2021.

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3. Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s $1.8B budget takes effect

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s $1.8 billion budget went into effect Oct. 1 after approval from the board of directors in September.

The board of directors approved the fiscal year 2023-24 budget in an 8-5 vote during a Sept. 28 meeting. The budget includes about $1.8 billion in planned expenses and about $1.16 billion in projected revenue.

The board will vote on the agency’s 20-year financial plan in October after members voted to table it.

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4. DFW Airport CEO gives first State of Airport address since 2019

Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, delivered the first State of the Airport address since 2019 on Oct. 2.

Entering his 10th year in his position, Donohue reported the airport is on track for its largest passenger count ever. When a 10-year use lease agreement with American Airlines was approved, which will result in the construction of Terminal F along with remodeling and connecting terminals A and C, the airport estimated there would be 78 million travelers this year.

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5. Northwest ISD earns TASB risk fund excellence award

The Texas Association of School Boards Risk Fund has awarded the Northwest ISD Benefits & Risk Management Department with its 2023 Excellence Award. Seven school districts in the state were awarded this honor for projects that solve common risk challenges, according to a district news release.

Northwest ISD’s risk management staff received the award for their work creating a streamlined motor vehicle collision reporting system, the news release states. They addressed the challenge by implementing the following steps:
  • Equipping each district vehicle with a step-by-step guide
  • Creating a form for documenting details
  • Creating a guide for taking photos at the scene
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