City of Forest Hill - City Council Member Racquel Belle

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3219 California Parkway
Forest Hill, Texas

City Council Member Racquel Buffin Belle

Michielle BensonRacquel Buffin Belle was elected to Place 1 in May, 2018. She is currently serving in her first term in office as a Forest Hill City Council member.

Ms. Belle is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies. She is also a Certified Paralegal. Racquel is the past Vice- President of the Forest Hill Public Library and was a Commissioner for the Parks, Recreation and Clean City Committee.

Council Member Belle is employed by the Department of Justice as a Drug Treatment Specialist and has been a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for more than 21 years. She is currently Treasurer for the American Federation of Government Employees Union Local 1298 where she is also the CFL33-AFGE Legislative Political Coordinator who has negotiated several Policies and Procedures for the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth. Ms. Belle has previously been employed as a Substitute Teacher and Lead Paralegal.

Ms. Belle is a member of the NAACP and is a volunteer for the Women's Free Legal Aide Clinic. She is a former Youth Leader, Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor, Employees Association Vice-President, and Secretary for the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Racquel attends Bethel Church in Fort Worth.

Council Member Belle has been a resident in Forest Hill for 36 years and spent two years living in North Carolina. Her recently married daughter is also a resident of Forest Hill and a graduate of UTA with a Bachelor of Science degree. She works as a Detention Officer for the Arlington Police Department. Ms. Belle’s son in-law is employed by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department as an Officer.

Council Member Belle is committed to enhancing and improving the City of Forest Hill for the benefit of every citizen. She can be reached at