TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson has been reappointed by Smith County Commissioners to serve as fire marshal for another two-year term.
Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran told Wasson that she has “done a fantastic job responding to the county’s emergencies.” Commissioner Terry Phillips said he agreed with Moran’s accolades of the fire marshal and the job she has done for the county.
Wasson, who has been with the fire marshal’s office for 25 years, not only serves as the county’s fire marshal, but also as the county emergency management coordinator. She serves as chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, as well.
The Commissioners Court voted unanimously to approve Wasson’s two-year appointment, which will run from December 20, 2018 through December 20, 2020.
According to the statement from the fire marshal’s office,
In 2015, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson became the first female to be appointed to serve as the Smith County Fire Marshal. At the time, she had more than 20 years of experience as a deputy fire marshal for Smith County and had served as interim fire marshal. Mrs. McCoy-Wasson was hired as a secretary by Charles Shine, Smith County’s first Fire Marshal.
She soon started to go to fires with him and realized she wanted to learn how to become a firefighter. Mrs. McCoy-Wasson went to school and earned her certifications to become a firefighter, investigator and inspector, as well as earning her peace officer license.