Commissioners Court Announce Directors for Emergency Services District #1

Belton, TX – On Monday, December 21, the Bell County Commissioners Court announced the selection of directors to serve on the Bell County Emergency Services District #1.

Bell County Emergency Services District #1 is the first emergency service district in Bell County. It was created by a vote during the general election to serve an area in South Bell County comprised mostly of Salado and the surrounding region.

“The Salado community has always been supportive of our [volunteer fire department]. Our growth and the I-35 corridor have strained the capacity of that department,” Commissioner Bobby Whitson said. “The community has recognized this need and passed this new taxing authority with a 73% approval.”

The Bell County Emergency Services District #1 Board of Directors includes five members selected by the Commissioners Court. The Court received 16 applications and conducted interviews last week.

Three of the chosen directors, Alan Dillon, Ashley Voss-Liebig, and David Matthews will serve two-year terms. Two directors, Donald Engleking and Donald Hogue will serve one-year terms. These applicants were chosen by a unanimous motion by members of the Commissioners Court.

“It was an easy decision, in that we had so many qualified applicants that we could probably have picked them out of a hat and had five good applicants, but it was hard, in that we could only pick five” Whitson said.

Whitson said that, in making the selection, the commissioners wanted to ensure that the board would include individuals with legal experience and backgrounds in emergency management, emergency training, finance or accounting, and human resources, as these will all be critical in the mission of the Emergency Services District.

“The predominant goal of this is to try to get some full-time, paid employees there at the fire department, in order to decrease our call times, particularly on medical calls,” Whitson said.

After the vote County Judge David Blackburn took a moment to recognize all the community members who had applied to serve on the board.

“I want to say thanks to all [those] who submitted applications,” Blackburn said. “I whole-heartedly agree that it was a very well qualified group, and all would have served well.”