Brown County Commissioner’s Court Precinct 3 Commissioner Wayne Shaw requested the commission address the credentials of David Creed, acting county emergency management director.
Shaw responded after county commissioners addressed a $1,000 request for funding for Creed as Creed looks to obtain a law enforcement license, which Brown County Judge Paul Lilly said would be a one-time fee.
“I’ve got a question about his credential to be a fire marshal. I’ve got an issue with that and we’ll get it on [the agenda]. Don’t worry about that,” Shaw said.
Commissioners approved creating the emergency management director position soon after Lilly took office in January. Shaw said commissioners agreed to create the position under the idea it would come at no cost to taxpayers. Lilly countered by saying the funding for Creed’s license could come from those already existing in Creed’s department budget.
“We discussed in court about the no cost to the county. Now, this is a cost to the county,” Shaw said. “We talked about in court that day, I listened to the tape the other day. If he wanted to go get certified, that’s fine, but he’s going to do it on his own nickel. We talked about that and that is the way it was and I’m not in favor of paying this bill … His budget is the county’s money.”
Creed has been a fixture in Brown County since Lilly announced the creation of his position in April of 2018, during the Early Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn, shortly after Lilly defeating incumbent Ray West in the republican primary. Before joining the county government, Creed worked for the Howard Payne University police department after retiring as chief of the Shavano Park Police Department. Shavano Park is a suburb of San Antonio and, according to the 2010 census, which is a suburb of San Antonio with a population of 3,035.
“He has the money in his own budget and it won’t set him off. It’s a one-time application fee the state requires for all of its agencies,” Lilly said “The sheriff’s office had to pay it. I’ve helped many agencies in my prior career get started and they don’t wave it for anybody because it’s a processing fee. I think it’s a little expensive, but they didn’t ask me whenever they set the amount.”
Lilly said lack of a license will not impact Creed’s duties at this time. Creed will assume the role as a county fire investigator when Brownwood Fire Marshall Buddy Preston retires. Creed said Brownwood currently charges Brown County $50 an hour for investigations and since joining the county he saved taxpayers approximately $750, basing those numbers on his between 15 and 16 investigation hours.
“He can continue to perform his duties, as was approved by the court when the position was created,” Lilly said. “This just gives him his own law enforcement license, but he does not have to have that to continue doing the duties he was doing. It does come with quite a few perks, but that is certainly up to y’all.“