The City of Mesquite in Texas has a population of more than 124,000 residents. The city government operates traffic engineering, economic development, food inspection, and parks and recreation departments. Its secretary department assists the council members in scheduling appointments for special civic events. The city government s planning and zoning department is responsible for the preparation and analysis of policies related to housing and land use. It additionally manages a police department that provides assistance with the enforcement of city ordinances. The city government s finance department offers day-to-day budget administration, municipal income tax enforcement and debt control services. It also has a human resources department that focuses on the development of labor relations and equal employment opportunities.