McFall named ESD’s president
CLEBURNE – A former county commissioner in his second stint serving on Johnson County’s Emergency Services District board of directors has been elected as its president.
R.C. McFall, formerly a Precinct 1 county commissioner and appointed by County Judge Roger Harmon, was elected to head the board last week during an election of officers following an appointment to fill a vacant board seat. McFall replaces Jack Watson as president, who was initially appointed by former County Commissioner Don Beeson and reappointed by County Commissioner Larry Woolley.
“It’s a real honor for me to serve as president,” McFall said. “I am hopeful we can accomplish a lot of positive things for the firefighters and our citizens.”
McFall previously served as vice president, a position that will now be held by Rick Cumins, who is appointed to the board by County Commissioner Rick Bailey.
“Firefighters have always been a big interest of mine,” McFall said. “I was a fire commissioner before I became a county commissioner.”
Filling out the officer positions on the board, Gerald Miller, who is appointed by County Commissioner Kenny Howell, was named secretary-treasurer. Watson will serve as assistant secretary-treasurer.
The process of selecting officers may have defined a division on the board. McFall and Miller were elected by a 3-2 vote, with Watson and ESD Commissioner Darren Yancy opposing. Despite being unopposed for vice president, Cumins was elected by a 3-2 vote, with Watson and Yancy opposed. The only unanimous vote was for Watson as assistant secretary-treasurer.
“I believe there’s a lot we can accomplish,” McFall said, “if we can come together and work for firefighters.”
Cumins called for a full reorganization of the board.
“I was unhappy to have missed out on the vote in January,” he said. “There were two of us [Cumins and McFall] missing.”
County Commissioner Jerry Stringer opened the meeting by presenting his appointment, Yancy, to the board, a replacement for Keith Kelly, who resigned.
And if anyone “didn’t know [Keith Kelly had resigned], you live under a rock,” Stringer said.
Stringer interviewed all interested applicants for the position, he said, and chose Yancy.
“I had several people contact me wanting the position,” Stringer said. “I interviewed everyone who contacted me. It was kind of a tough decision. There were a lot of qualified people.”
Yancy will provide personnel and operations management, government relations, accounting, risk assessment and business experience, Stringer said. He’s also twice campaigned for public office and holds a Realtor’s license.
“I think he’s going to make you an outstanding ESD commissioner,” Stringer said. “He’s not shy. He’s very knowledgeable when it comes to the area of finance.”
The appointment of Yancy to the board provides someone adept at research, he said.
“That’s what I like to do on our commissioner’s court,” Stringer said. “I don’t like to deal with any issues without having done the research. He and I are very much alike in that, so I think y’all are going to be very happy with him.”
Stringer did not unveil other applicants or how many he had interviewed for the position.