Brown County Commissioners will once again take up the “reconsideration” of a Feb. 11 resolution that created the office of county fire marshal and appointed David Creed to the position when they meet at 9 a.m. Monday.
For Monday’s meeting, the supplemental agenda item — filed Friday morning by Precinct 3 Commissioner Wayne Shaw — adds the words “possible recession, revision or amendment” of the resolution, which commissioners approved at their Feb. 11 meeting.
Last Monday, commissioners intended to take up the matter but tabled it when County Attorney Shane Britton said the agenda item contained only the words “reconsider,” and therefore did not give them the authority to rescind the resolution.
Brown County Judge Paul Lilly, who was not at last Monday’s meeting, will not attend this Monday’s meeting because he will be at emergency management director training. Creed has informed Lilly he will be absent Monday for training that was scheduled in February. Creed also informed Lilly he wants to be present if commissioners take up agenda items relating to his appointment as fire marshal.
Shaw said commissioners will go forward Monday despite Creed’s request.
In January, commissioners acted on a request by Lilly to appoint Creed as emergency management coordinator. Lilly said then that the intent was to have Creed become county fire marshal, an office that did not exist at that time.
On Feb. 11, commissioners acted on an agenda item that authorized Lilly to sign a resolution. The resolution, according to the agenda item, allowed Creed to apply for a county fire marshal’s license with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Commissioners said later they did not read the resolution before authorizing Lilly to sign it. Commissioners went on to learn that the resolution created the office of fire marshal and appointed Creed to that position, in addition to his duties as emergency management coordinator.
“Some people think it’s a personnel matter,” Shaw said Friday morning. “It’s not a personnel matter. It’s a correction on a resolution that was entirely different from what was on the agenda.”
The Feb. 11 agenda item authorized Creed to “get certified” as fire marshal but said nothing about creating the job or office, Shaw said.
Last Monday, commissioners took up the matter before a packed commissioners courtroom. Britton told commissioners that Lilly had asked that the matter not be heard until he is present. A motion by commissioner Joel Kelton to table the item died without being seconded.
Britton also said at that meeting that the item was a personnel matter and that Creed could have it heard in executive session. Creed said he wanted it heard in open session.