Commissioners name Jones as new SCFD fire chief


Veteran Glen Rose firefighter Brian Jones on Monday was named as the new fire chief of the Somervell County Fire Department.


County Judge Danny Chambers said that the Somervell County Commissioners voted by a 5-0 count during their Monday morning regular meeting for Jones to take the position. His official duties as fire chief began immediately, according to the judge.


Jones and Steve Willis had been temporarily serving as co-fire chiefs for the county since the retirement of Mark Crawford in early May.


Jones will continue serving in his capacity as Somervell County’s emergency management coordinator. Willis now has the title of assistant fire chief.


Chambers said that Jones is “an outstanding individual and definitely qualified for the position.”


On May 13 another longtime SCFD firefighter, Brad Smith of Hico, was sworn as the Somervell County’s newest fire chief, another post that had been held by Crawford.