After several weeks of calm in the Brown County Commissioners Court, a discussion Tuesday about the insignia on the car used by Brown County Emergency Management Coordinator David creed prompted a brief exchange between Brown County Judge Paul Lilly and Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Worley.
The two have had several exchanges since Lilly took office in January.
The insignia spat came during a larger discussion about the status of the county-owned Dodge Charger Creed uses. Lilly referred to the car, which is on loan from the sheriff’s office, as “a hunk of junk” that is approaching 200,000 miles.
Worley brought the matter before the commissioners court in an agenda item worded “possible action regarding the Brown County Emergency Management vehicles.”
The car is on loan from the sheriff’s office and no action needs to be taken, Lilly said.
Creed began using the car when Creed held the position of county fire marshal, Lilly said. The intent was to avoid putting miles on a “60,000 grant truck” owned by the county and to avoid taking the truck in rough areas such as brush, Lilly said.
While Creed no longer holds the position of fire marshal, Creed keeps the car in the event he has to respond to emergencies and begin coordinating resources, Lilly told commissioners.
“Any vehicle that’s bought has to be approved or transferred through the court, and the court never had any input on this,” Worley said. “If we want to authorize the use of that vehicle for emergency management office, that’s fine with me, I just want it on record that the court is authorizing it. And there’s not a fire marshal. There is still something on that insignia that says fire marshal.”
Worley said the “fire marshal” reference needs to be removed.
“No we don’t, because he coordinates among the fire marshal …” Lilly said.
“He is not a fire marshal,” Worley interrupted.
“He is not,” Lilly agreed, then added, “I’m not going to argue with you in open court. If you look at the insignia on the vehicle it says police, EMS, fire and fire marshal. Those are the agencies he helps coordinate with.”
“He is not a fire marshal,” Worley repeated.
“I think you’ve made that very clear, Mr. Worley,” Lilly replied.
“And it needs to come off …” Worley said.
“All right,” Lilly replied, ending that discussion. “We’re done, we’re done.”
In other business, commissioners:
• Agreed to leave the burn ban in place.
• Approved contracts for holdover detention services of juvenile offenders between Brown County and Bisque, Comanche, Eastland, Edward, Hamilton, Kimble, Mason and Menard counties.
• Certified new TrueCore revenue and budgeted the revenue from the TrueCore lease.
• Approved District Clerk Cheryl Jones’ records archival plan/fee.
• Agreed to declare an inoperable printer in the veteran services office and surplus and authorized its disposal.