In 1888, Midlothian became an incorporated city, and in 1980, the city of Midlothian became a “Home Rule City.” Under “Home Rule,” the city operates under a council-manager form of government with six city council members and a mayor. The City Council is comprised of an elected mayor and six elected at-large council members. The City Manager is appointed by the elected city council, and he or she acts as policy advisor to the council and implements council directives.
Midlothian boasts an excellent bond rating, resulting in substantial savings on capital investments needed to maintain a high quality of life. Contributing factors to bond ratings are the strength of the local tax base and the city’s financial management practices. High ratings with agencies, such as Standard and Poors and Moody’s, mean lower costs on bonds, a primary tool in building Midlothian’s future.
As it continues to grow and prosper, Midlothian aims to maintain its vision of “blending a rural quality of life with urban amenities, enriched by exceptional schools, churches and neighborhoods where innovative partnerships of citizens, businesses and governments respond to community needs.” Meeting the challenge on a daily basis is a city staff of over 160 employees, which forms the basis for one of the best-managed cities in Texas. City employees work in an organizational culture that is committed to outstanding customer service, combining teamwork and creativity to provide a wide array of services. Located at 104 Avenue F, the Midlothian City Hall is open during the week to provide information and answers to citizen questions and concerns. Residents may also access information online at www.midlothian.tx.us.
The Midlothian Fire Department proudly protects the people living in an area of 115 square miles that includes the City of Midlothian & Ellis County Emergency Services District #2. They currently operate out of two stations that protect primarily residential areas. A third station is scheduled for construction in the near future. The department is a public department whose members are on a combination of paid and volunteer status. Warning sirens also alert residents in the event of bad weather or other emergencies. With an ISO rating of 4, the Midlothian Fire Administration is considered above the average, which serves to lower insurance premiums for homeowners.
The mission of the Midlothian Police Department is to positively impact the quality of life throughout the community by providing the highest standards of service to Midlothian’s citizens. To achieve this end, the department is committed to forming practical partnerships with the citizens to resolve problems, reduce fear, preserve the peace and enforce laws. Through quality training and high professional standards, they provide a safe and pleasant environment for Midlothian. FBI crime statistics show that Midlothian has one of the lowest crime rates in the DFW Metroplex and the state of Texas.
If you require non-emergency assistance from the Police Department, you may call (972) 775-3333 or (972) 775-7181. Call 911 for emergencies.