Jackson steps down from ESD Board

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Front row from left are Williamson County ESD No. 4 Board President Sandra Taylor, outgoing Commissioner Todd Jackson, Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln and Commissioner James Crabtree. In back are Commissioners Dan Clark and James Baker. The Board thanked Jackson for his service and presented him with a plaque. (Christine Bolaños Photo)

Front row from left are Williamson County ESD No. 4 Board President Sandra Taylor, outgoing Commissioner Todd Jackson, Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln and Commissioner James Crabtree. In back are Commissioners Dan Clark and James Baker. The Board thanked Jackson for his service and presented him with a plaque. (Christine Bolaños Photo)

By Christine Bolaños

The Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 Board thanked an outgoing commissioner for three years of service to Liberty Hill. Todd Jackson announced he would be stepping down during the board’s November meeting and made his final treasurer’s report at the regular December meeting on Monday evening.

Fire officials presented him with a plaque as a token of appreciation and a small social followed the short meeting including cake, refreshments and snacks.

“Serving is a great honor but also a great challenge,” Board President Sandra Taylor said just before handing Jackson his plaque. “It requires almost a whole summer — six weeks where you have to leave your family. We really appreciate it.”

Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long is in charge of appointing a new board member in his place. Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln previously said the timeline on the appointment is unknown at this time. Jackson made a recommendation for his replacement though the name of the individual was not mentioned Monday.

“He’s a good guy,” Jackson said. “He’s got a similar background to me.”

The rest of the commissioners thanked Jackson for his service following Taylor’s comments.

“We’re going to miss you I guarantee you,” Taylor said.

Also on the brief agenda was the monthly fire chief’s report. During the month of November, WCESD #4 responded to 103 incidents. Seventy-three percent were rescue and medical, 3 percent were fire response, 5 percent were service calls/citizen assist, 17 percent were good intent calls and 2 percent were hazardous condition (no fire).

Response times have decreased for the month of November compared to the previous month. Average response time within city limits was 5 minutes and 41 seconds in November compared to 5 minutes and 22 seconds in October.

Average in-district response time was 10 minutes and 15 seconds compared to 10 minutes and 57 seconds in October. Average out-of-district response time was 13 minutes and 20 seconds in November compared to 21 minutes and 6 seconds in October.

Overall average response time was 8 minutes and 54 seconds in November compared to 10 minutes and 25 seconds in October. Average district response time went down from 8 minutes and 25 seconds in October to 8 minutes and 54 seconds in November.

By comparison, average response time in 2014 was 8 minutes and 26 seconds.

Commissioners received an update from the fire chief regarding filling the vacant administrative assistant position during executive session. Once back in open session, they took no action on this item.

The board set the next meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at the fire station.

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