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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council this week approved the first two Neighborhood Empowerment Zone projects, in which home owners or builders are given incentives to renovate homes or build multi-family structures in targeted areas.  The projects are on Plum and Sycamore Streets.  The council also received the resignation of City Manager Darrek Ferrell, and will be searching for an interim replacement.

City Manager Darrek Ferrell, attorney Julia Gannaway and Mayor Wyman Williams presented to attendees at the June 26 meeting.
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City of Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews will resign and accept an administrative job with the City of Commerce, city officials announced Monday evening.

Negotiations continue between the city's attorneys and Chief Crews' legal representation, City Manager Darrek Ferrell said.
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Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews remains on administrative leave, although City Manager Darrek Ferrell has said that Crews' employment status should be resolved soon. Crews has been on leave since the aftermath of a highly publicized incident on May 20 in which he was involved in the arrest of a Texas A&M University-Commerce student.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is impressed with 29-year-old Darrek Ferrell, the new Commerce city manager.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M, and has served as assistant city manager in McKinney, and most recently, as city administrator and economic development director for the city of Mount Vernon.