Farmersville celebrates Chief Krstic’s career

City and community take time at council meeting to recognize Farmersville Police Chief Mario Krstic’s 20 years of service

By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette

FARMERSVILLE – Moving away from the mundane business of the City for a second, the Farmersville City Council and community took a few minutes last Monday to recognize Police Chief Mario Krstic for 20 years of service to the City.

California State Senator Andy Vidak sent representative Wes Anderson to help honor Krstic.
“Senator Vidak would like to recognize your 20 years of service and commitment to the city of Farmersville,” said Anderson. “He would also like to recognize that you have served with courage and integrity.”

Tulare County Supervisor Kuyler Crocker recognized Krstic for his work on the Tulare County Homeless Task Force.

Crocker added, “Your leadership during tough times has shown your dedication to Farmersville.”

Farmersville Police Department Lieutenant Jay Brock said, “I speak for myself and other members of the department when I say it is a pleasure working for you. You set a great example for all of us.”

Farmersville Fire Chief John Crivello added, “Your friendship has been invaluable for the 12 years I have been here. What I see from you is you send a consistent ethical message to those around you.”

Mayor Paul Boyer praised Krstic for his work in the community.

“I know you care about the community,” said Boyer. “You came from an immigrant family and we have a lot of immigrants here in Farmersville. You teach your officers to treat everyone the same.”

Council member Greg Gomez said, “You are always willing to help and stepped up and served as city manager for two years. I also have to add you did a great job at that as well.”

The longest tenured council man, Leonel Benevidez said, “You have been helpful the whole time I have been here.”

Krstic said, “It’s been good working here. We have been through some difficult times, but we came together as a community. I have been privileged to work with some really great people. We have a really amazing group of employees here, not only in the PD but in the council and community also. Here’s hoping for another 20.”

Krstic’s daughter Amanda pinned him with his 20-year pin.

Krstic graduated from the Tulare-Kings police academy in 1986. He then went to work as a Deputy Sheriff for Tulare County before transferring to Farmersville. He became the City’s Police Chief in 1999. Krstic filled in as interim City Manager for two years until John Jansons was hired.

In other news
The council approved using the $100,000 Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funds (SLESF) to pay for the salary and equipment of a full time officer. The annual funds, based on population, have consistently been used for this purpose.

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