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Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres was among the 3 recently appointed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Broadband Development Council.

The Broadband Development Council was created by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019 and was expanded by the 87th. It was made with the intent to study and identify ways to bring internet access to underserved areas of Texas.

Scifres was appointed along with Schelana Hock, the current County Clerk of Polk County and Jack Kelanic, Chief Technology Officer for the Dallas Independent School District.

Scifres also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Law Enforcement at South Plains College, on top of being the director of the Sheriff's Association of Texas, Committee Vice-Chair of the South Plains College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and member of the Texas Jail Association. Scifres received his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and Master of Science from Lamar University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Management from Wayland Baptist University.

Schelana Hock has previously served as the Telecommunications Operator for the Corrigan Police Department and as the Deputy Clerk, Data Entry Clerk and Chief Deputy of Polk County. Jack Kelanic previously worked as the Director of Information Technology for the City of Tacoma, the Chief Information Systems Director at Los Angeles Unified School District, and as an engineer at Dewberry and Davis.

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