Hewitt, Texas is the second-largest city in McLennan County with an estimated population of 13,500 inhabitants. In 1982, the city became a Home Rule city and adopted the current Charter, which established the Council-Manager form of government.
Hewitt’s City Council is made of up of seven members, with the Mayor being selected by the members of the City Council in May of each year. Council members serve two-year staggered terms. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to implement policies and manage day-to-day operations of the city. The Mayor and Council consider ordinances, resolutions and other matters related to establishing and directing city policy. All meetings of the City Council are posted and concerned citizens are invited to attend and participate.
The city also seeks input from the community through its various boards and commissions, whose members are appointed by the City Council. Hewitt’s Boards and Commissions include the Library Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Board of Adjustment, as well as the Advisory Committee on Beautification, Parks, and Recreation and Recycling.
The city owns and operates Hewitt’s water supply and distribution system and maintains public drainage areas, wastewater lines, streets and other public infrastructure facilities. The Hewitt Fire and Police Departments provide full-time 24-hour-a-day protection. Professional emergency response is provided around the clock. The Hewitt Public Library provides access to information and hosts special programs for the citizens.
The Hewitt Fire Department is a combination of career and volunteer firefighters. The department provides resources for responding to emergency incidents within the service area with a goal to save lives, minimize property damage and provide mutual aid assistance to other agencies. The Fire Department on average responds to approximately 450-550 alarms per year, such as structural, vehicle, grass/brush and other fires, entrapment rescues, emergency medical, first responder haz-mat incidents, general public services and assist emergency management. Fire Prevention Education Programs to schools and the general public are also provided.
The Hewitt Police Department is a Community-Oriented Police Department. The department has evolved from a one-man department to 22 sworn officers, one reserve officer, six dispatchers, one animal control officer, nine civilian employees and 11 patrol cars.
The officers are available 24 hours a day to protect and assist the citizens of Hewitt and anyone who may be passing through the city. They have changed flats for elderly or ill individuals, unlocked car doors when keys are locked inside and helped people find lost children and pets.
They will check your home when you are away, assist you in engraving your valuables with your drivers license number, assist in setting up Neighborhood Watch groups, inspect your home or business for better ways to protect them and numerous other things only a caring small-town police department will do.