By CHRIS AGEE
Local residents with outstanding warrants and fines are running out of time to make things right voluntarily.
Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan said his agency is participating in the 2013 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, noting officers will be visiting offenders in person.
"We're joining law enforcement agencies from around the state," he said.
Sullivan explained the City of Mineral Wells currently has more than 7,000 outstanding warrants representing more than $1 million in fines.
He said officers will be arresting violators and collecting fines throughout the upcoming initiative.
During the roundup, he said, law enforcement personnel are instructed to go to residences, places of employment, or any other likely location to find wanted individuals.
Those in the community who have avoided financial responsibility with the Mineral Wells Municipal Court are encouraged to pay their fines immediately to avoid possible jail time.
"We're participating in this warrant roundup to encourage people to take care of their business," Sullivan added.
He explained court staff will work with violators to clear their debt, noting individuals can also opt to pay their fines by phone during the court's regular operating hours.
The municipal court, which is located in City Hall at 211 S.W. 1st Ave., is open for extended hours during the roundup. Staff will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To pay by phone or for more information about outstanding warrants, call (940) 328-7733.
Information on paying fines is also available online at mineralwellstx.gov.
Find a list of local residents included in the MWPD's warrant roundup in today's Index.