Crabtree appointed ESD Commissioner

James Crabtree was sworn in as WCESD#4 Commissioner by Pct. 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long on Tuesday. He replaces Dean Andrews, who asked that his term not be renewed. (Courtesy Photo)

Williamson County Commissioners Tuesday approved the appointment of James Crabtree to the Board of Commissioners of the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4, which serves the Liberty Hill area.

Crabtree replaces Dean Andrews, who chose not to renew his term on the Board.

“I want to thank Dr. Andrews for his outstanding service to the community as an ESD commissioner,” said Pct. 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long. “He will be missed.”

Andrews, former superintendent of the Liberty Hill ISD, told The Independent this week that he plans to move out of the Liberty Hill area in 2013 to be closer to family.

Crabtree served in the U.S. Marines and continues to serve as a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, said Commissioner Long. He works for the Texas General Land Office “where he runs the state’s veterans oral history program in order that historians and future generations may hear first hand the stories of our nation’s warriors,” Mrs. Long said.

Crabtree has a bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas with a minor in history.

He is the founder and past commander of the American Legion Hunter-Morris Memorial Post 911 in Cedar Park, as well as a senior counselor at Texas American Legion Boys State. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children.

“I selected James because of his demonstrated commitment to his community, integrity and leadership ability,” said Commissioner Long. “He will be a great addition to the ESD#4 Board.

Crabtree will attend his first meeting as a board member in January 2013. He will serve a two-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2014.

During an ESD Board meeting Dec. 13, commissioners heard from Bob Rook who presented a petition with about 75 signatures requesting that firefighters be permitted once again to dine at local restaurants while on duty.

Andrews said the Board accepted the petition, but took no action on the request. He said the decision on such matters rests with the administration of the fire department rather than the Board of Commissioners.

Also last week, the Board approved an audit report for fiscal 2011 as presented by Medack & Oltmann LLP.