The state association for ESDs honors leaders who committed to enhanced knowledge.
Thirty-two emergency services district commissioners from across Texas will receive certification at the Annual Conference of the State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D).
Emergency services districts (ESDs) are grassroots governments created by local voters to provide fire protection, emergency medical response or both. They are autonomous political subdivisions, much like municipalities or school districts. There are more than 330 ESDs in almost 100 counties of Texas.
ESDs are overseen by commissioners who are elected or appointed to their posts. State law requires commissioners to receive six hours of training in government operations every two years.
In 2015, SAFE-D, the nonprofit association that represents ESDs in the state, developed its own certification program to encourage and recognize commissioners who pursue more extensive training in areas such as strategic planning, financial reporting, ethics and records retention.
Only 83 ESD commissioners, including this year’s inductees, have qualified for recognition as Certified Emergency Services Commissioners (CESCs).
The Class of 2018 will be recognized during SAFE-D’s 17th Annual Conference at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston. The list, sorted by county, includes:
Dennis Scholl, Bexar County ESD No. 5
Ann Hall, Blanco County ESD No. 2
Herb Holloway Jr., Burnet County ESD No. 6
Kenneth Thibodeaux, Chambers County ESD No. 1
Thomas Raia, Fort Bend County ESD No. 2
John A. Schwin, Fort Bend County ESD No. 2
Matt Dulaney, Hardin County ESD No. 6
David W. Proctor, Harris County ESD No. 12
Marshall Kramer, Harris County ESD No. 48
Randy L. Foster, Harris County ESD No. 80
Raymond St. Julian, Sr., Harris County ESD No. 80
W. Leighton Stallones, Hays County ESD No. 3
Charity Lambright, Llano County ESD No. 2
Johnny Slack, Liberty County ESD No. 2
Henry Burt Green, Montgomery County ESD No. 2
Michael J. Mason, Montgomery County ESD No. 2
Kim Parrish, Montgomery County ESD No. 2
James L. Sibley, Montgomery County ESD No. 2
Brian Gremminger, Montgomery County ESD No. 3
David C. Miller, Montgomery County ESD No. 6
Alan Dreesen, Montgomery County ESD No. 14
Ricky D. Jones, Palo Pinto County ESD No. 1
Carolyn Land, Palo Pinto County ESD No. 1
Lynn Reasoner, Palo Pinto County ESD No. 1
Rena Peden, Parker County ESD No. 1
E.J. “Jerry” Brooks III, Parker County ESD No. 3
Weldon “Wally” Wallace, Parker County ESD No. 3
D. David Burks, Rusk County ESD No. 1
Gloria Dooley, Rusk County ESD No. 1
Gail J. Zahara, Travis County ESD No. 8
WALLER-HARRIS (multicounty ESD)
Gary Ferguson, Waller-Harris ESD No. 200
Larry Phillips, Wilson County ESD No. 2
SAFE-D — the Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts — is the nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of emergency services commissioners to enhance their ability to protect the people of Texas. For more information, consult www.safe-d.org.
Cliff AveryState Association of Fire and Emergency DistrictsExecutive Director512firstname.lastname@example.org
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