Community residents witness Mayor and City Council-member swearing-in; Derrick Reed appointed Mayor Pro Tem

Leaders and prominent community members from both Pearland and surrounding cities came out to the Pearland City Council’s meeting (June 19) to witness the installation of Tom Reid as Mayor of Pearland and Woody Owens as City Councilmember Pos. 7.

The council also voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint council member Derrick Reed as Mayor Pro Tem.  As Mayor Pro Tem, Reed will act as Mayor during the absence of Mayor Reid and has the power to perform every act the Mayor would perform if present. Reed is the first African American to be appointed Mayor Pro Tem in the City’s history.

A celebratory reception was held following the meeting.


Pearland celebrates its first Juneteenth

Pearland residents celebrated freedom Sunday (June 17) afternoon at the Centennial Park located on 3219 McClean Park.   About 100 people came together at the city’s first Juneteenth event to celebrate unity and share African culture.

Juneteenth is a nationwide holiday commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the south.

The event was free and organized by the Pearland Martin Luther King  committee and lead by local residents Adrienne Bell, FJ Jones, and Robert Williams.

Guest speakers included Crossroads Community Church Pastor Christopher Hartwell, Mayor Tom Reid, Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Derrick Reid and PISD Trustee Mike Floyd.

“Juneteenth is important because Pearland is a growing city and we need to be encompassing of all races, ethnicities and sexualities.

The celebration concluded with music, free BBQ, watermelon from Hempstead and fellowship.

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To learn more about the 2018 MLK Parade visit

Killen’s omission from Texas Monthly’s “TOP 10 BBQ JOINTS” draws passionate responses

Chef Ronnie Killen and patrons of Killen’s BBQ respond to Texas Monthly magazine’s omission of the popular BBQ joint from the “top 10” in their annual list of the 50 best barbeque joints in Texas, published on May 22, 2017.

The Top 10 of the 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas for 2017, according to Texas Monthly:
1. Snow’s BBQ, Lexington
2. Franklin Barbecue, Austin
3. Cattleack Barbecue, Dallas
4. Bodacious Bar-B-Q, Longview
5. Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor
6. Tejas Chocolate Craftory, Tomball
7. CorkScrew BBQ, Spring
8. Micklethwait Craft Meats, Austin
9. Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue, Wolfforth
10. Truth Barbecue, Brenham.

The remaining 40 joints are not numerically ranked; they are sorted by city and then in alphabetical order.

To read Killen’s response to the snub visit Culture Map Houston,

Responses on social media:

“I just read this article and wow, it amazed me. Good for you Mr. Killen for standing up for yourself and business. It’s your customers that dictate how well you do, and if you ask me there is a ton of support there. Keep up the good work!”

“You have excellent food, perfect lines and Pearland support. Most of all, you have integrity. You keep it real. Magazines won’t break your business. EVERYONE has an opinion and many aren’t worth reading about when they obviously don’t know tasty bbq. Thank you for staying honest and not being afraid to speak up. Your restaurants can speak for themselves and boy, do they! Great job!!”





Pearland Fire Department receives American Heart Association award

Pearland Fire Department receives recognition for EMS services

COP Post Date:06/21/2017 2:56 p.m.

The City of Pearland Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infraction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The crews must do a rapid ECG, recognize a STEMI or heart attack and get the patient to a hospital with a catheterization lab quickly to meet the goal of 90 minutes from EMS contact until they receive a heart catheterization. The Fire Department accomplishes these goals through their adherence to protocols and training.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required measure for one calendar year.

“The Pearland Fire Department is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country,” said Fire Chief, Vance Riley. “We are very happy to be recognized for that dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for cardiac patients.”

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follows proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit

Free community event- Mural Project

Community Collaborative Mural Project

June 18, 2017 – For Immediate Release

On Saturday, June 24, we are pleased to invite the community to celebrate a unique experience of five local Pearland 501(c)(3) non-profits coming together to create a safe inviting outdoor space at Counseling Connections for Change, Inc. Spearheaded by the Foundation for Creative Leadership, our community partners include Counseling Connections for Change, Inc., Keep Pearland Beautiful, Pearland Alliance for Art & Culture, and Pearland Arts League.

We are looking forward to a day of hard work, fun, and festivities. We will complete the interactive outdoor mural and landscaping of the outdoor area during the morning and early afternoon, with a celebration, complete with food, live entertainment, interactive art activities, and the big reveal beginning at 4:00 PM.

Please spread the word, and bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy the family friendly fun! Parking is FREE. The first 250 to arrive will receive a swag bag full of goodies!

Event location: 2549 Roy Rd., Pearland, TX 77584 Our schedule of events is as follows:

6AM to 3PM –  Build & Paint

  • Completion of mural and landscaping projects (volunteers still appreciated)

4PM to 7PM – Food & Live Entertainment

  • Live Entertainment – Kaylah Sharve (most recently featured at Miller Outdoor Theater with her Motown & More Revue)
  • Interactive Art Activities
  • Face Painting
  • BBQ/fajitas plates with drinks, sides, and dessert ($10 donation requested per plate)

7PM to 8PM –  Dedication & Thank Yous

  • Reveal & Recognition of Donors and Sponsors
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All donations received from this FREE event will go towards covering the costs of the project and future projects. Donations of the following items are still welcome: concrete, paint, lumber, paint brushes, paper goods, rocks, water, and volunteers.


For more information or to register as a volunteer or donor, contact us at:

832.540.3120 |  |

Wiltz, Candidate for Mayor under investigation for removing political signs


Pearland Mayoral candidate Quentin Wiltz is under investigation this Memorial Day weekend for removing popular Pearland Mayor Tom Reid’s  campaign signs from a location near Pearland Parkway.

On Sunday, (May 27th) Pearland Police Department received a complaint from a Pearland resident who said he witnessed a male and a female removing several Tom Reid campaign signs out of the ground. The witness confronted the subject and took a cell phone photograph and video of the couple removing political campaign signage.

PD arrived on the scene to discover the identity of the couple removing Tom Reid campaign signs was Quentin and Monique Wiltz.

Wiltz admitted to removing the signs from the property stating he had permission from the property owner.  However, it appears several of the signs may have been on city property.

Mayor Reid’s campaign aide states they had no knowledge of who placed Tom Reid signs on the property nor have they received any request from the property owner to remove the signs.

Regardless of how someone feels about a candidate, the election process or the signs themselves,  removing, tampering or stealing a campaign sign is a criminal act.  If you are not the property owner or sign owner, you should never remove campaign signs for any purpose. It is against the law.

Wiltz is no stranger to Texas campaign laws.  He twice ran unsuccessfully for Pearland City Council.

In May 2015, an upset Mrs. Wiltz filed a criminal mischief complaint  against an unknown person stating “someone has been damaging Wiltz signs and they cost $40.00 each.”  Mrs. Wiltz requested that Pearland PD check traffic cameras to catch the suspects, but the cameras were not recording.

In any case, Quentin Wiltz would do himself and his campaign a favor by not committing crimes days before voting begins…especially against a War Veteran during a Memorial Day weekend.

Criminal mischief, Case# 17-004864

Mayor Tom Reid served the United States Navy as a Fighter Pilot and received the Nathan Hale Award from the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, Department of Texas in 1984.


Mayor Tom Reid impresses the Pearland Police Officers Association (PAC)

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Statement from the PPOA:

Over these past weeks, the Pearland Police Officers Association P.A.C. has had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of both candidates in the upcoming Mayor election. However, one candidate consistently impresses us as he has done for years.

Mayor Tom Reid stands up for all of Pearland’s residents and always places the needs of his residents above his own. Mayor Reid has proven to be an honest, and pragmatic man and continues to have hopeful insight into our community’s problems and needs.

Mayor Reid has the experience, knowledge, and willingness to examine the issues while also addressing them for all of Pearland. Mayor Reid has shown great concern for the residents of Pearland, and his willingness to listen to people’s problems is commendable. Mayor Reid has shown an exemplary standing in all these areas leading us to believe that all of Pearland’s support is best placed with Mayor Reid in the upcoming election. Mayor Reid is not only the Mayor we would like to continue to lead Pearland into the future, but also confirms why and how he has already succeeded in making Pearland what it is today. For these reasons, the Pearland Police Officers Association P.A.C. is writing today to express our support for Mayor Tom Reid for his re-election as Mayor and our intention both to vote for Mayor Tom Reid in the upcoming election and to spread word to others of the value of his policies and abilities.

We are hoping for Mayor Tom Reid’s continued success.