The surprising loss of life of Duncanville Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Paul Fredericksen March 12 despatched shockwaves by way of metropolis corridor Friday. Mayor Barry L. Gordon, the Metropolis Council, Metropolis Supervisor Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, and workers introduced they’re shocked and heartbroken upon studying of his loss of life.
Duncanville Metropolis Supervisor Kevin Hugman employed Frederiksen as his Assistant Metropolis Supervisor in July, 2017. Frederickson had just lately served as Interim Metropolis Supervisor whereas the Duncanville Metropolis Council labored by way of the prolonged means of recruiting a brand new Supervisor. As each Interim and Assistant Metropolis Supervisor he led metropolis workers by way of the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and, extra just lately, the winter storm that impacted Texas and neighboring states.
Mayor Barry L. Gordon
“When catastrophe was declared, Paul put his already distinctive leadership skills into motion,” mentioned Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “We have been in disaster mode coping with unprecedented crucial points across the clock. There have been no days off. Not for a person who led by instance. Not till our metropolis and residents have been taken care of.”
“Even previous to assuming the position of Interim Metropolis Supervisor, Paul persistently gave Duncanville his all,” Mayor Gordon added. “He was the reliable rock everybody regarded to for knowledge, steerage, and discernment. He had the deep skilled love and respect of the town council, your entire metropolis workers, and his many friends and colleagues all through the metroplex. There aren’t any phrases that may sufficiently categorical the affect of his passing. We pray earnestly for his total household for God’s power.”
Councilmember Joe Veracruz mentioned, “Paul demonstrated true management by assembling the Division Administrators, implementing an emergency plan, and frequently speaking with the Metropolis Council.”
Paul Frederiksen devoted his life to serving others, by way of a protracted profession in authorities that began together with his work as a Metropolis of Dallas Planning Technician. His profession path ultimately led to his changing into the City Supervisor of Argyle, and in the end introduced him to the Metropolis of Duncanville because the Assistant Metropolis Supervisor.
“I’m very proud to have labored with Paul within the cities of Dallas and Duncanville,” mentioned Councilmember Patrick Harvey. “I revered him for his focus and dedication. He was sort, thoughtful, compassionate, and carried out himself with integrity.”
All through his profession, Fredericksen concurrently centered on each the larger image and the person citizen. He at all times tried to create a greater place for folks to reside, work and play. Frederiksen labored onerous for the citizenry and not using a want for credit score or accolade.
“The information of Paul Frederiksen passing got here as heartfelt shock,” mentioned Councilmember Don McBurnett. “This can be a great loss for the City Council, his coworkers, family and friends. He was properly appreciated and led us by way of a tumultuous time of Covid, funds, snow storms and extra as our Interim Metropolis Supervisor. When the information was acquired there was not a dry eye at Metropolis Corridor. Prayers for his household and the numerous folks he touched.”
Paul Frederiksen shall be remembered by Duncanville City Council and workers as a champion for this metropolis and its residents.
“My husband, Ted Benavides, and I’ve identified Paul for a few years, and I used to be very excited to lastly work alongside him after being given the chance to function Duncanville’s Metropolis Supervisor,” mentioned Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “Our metropolis has misplaced a educated and devoted public servant and I’ve misplaced a buddy.”
Paul Fredericksen is survived by his spouse, Jackie, and three sons, of Keller. A memorial service shall be held at Northwood Church in Keller at 1 p.m. Friday March 19.