Garland, Texas -- April 19, 2011 -- Oswaldo Rodriguez, field supervisor in the City of Garland Code Compliance Department, is being recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful as the winner of the 2011 Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award. This award recognizes an individual law enforcement professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their approach to the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. The first place winner also receives a $500 cash award.
Mr. Rodriguez will be honored in Austin on June 23 at the 44th annual Keep Texas Beautiful conference.
In 2006, Mr. Rodriguez introduced the concept of “Code Cares,” a program that serves citizens facing hardships, primarily focusing on Garland’s elderly and disabled. The program offers voluntary assistance to qualifying residents to help them maintain their properties. The entire Code Compliance Department is behind this program, with many employees volunteering their time on weekends to mow, prune, cut trees, repair fences, paint and remove trash. As the Code Cares program has grown in popularity, several church and civic organizations have volunteered to work alongside the inspectors to improve the community and help their neighbors.
Mr. Rodriguez began his career in Code Compliance in 2002 as a weekend inspector. He became a Certified Code Enforcement Officer with the State of Texas in 2003. In 2005, he was promoted to Field Supervisor.