Commissioners and committee members
The policymaking body of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection is a 13-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commissioners adopt policies in accordance with Chapter 419 of the Government Code. Upon adoption by the commission, these policies become state administrative laws collected under Title 37, Part 13, of the Texas Administrative Code.
The fire fighter advisory committee has nine members, including six active or retired fire protection personnel and three certified fire protection instructors. At least one member of the committee must be a volunteer fire fighter or fire chief. The committee is responsible for reviewing and commenting on the administrative rules that govern the state's fire service. (The Government Code states that the commission cannot adopt a new rule until the fire fighter advisory committee has had an opportunity to review it.)
A second advisory committee, the curriculum and testing committee, was created by the commission to assist in the creation and upkeep of the certification curriculum.
The commission often creates "ad-hoc" advisory committees to assist with creating and updating curricula, validating test questions, and other related matters. Members of the Texas fire service serve voluntarily on these committees; their willingness to serve is a great tribute to the professional and dedication of the Texas fire service. The agency posts notices on its home page and Facebook page when the commission is seeking volunteers for these committees.
The 13 members of the commission represent a broad spectrum of the Texas fire service and public:
- Two members are chief officers nominated by the Texas Fire Chiefs' Association. One of the fire chiefs must be the head of his or her fire department, and one must be employed by a municipality with a population of less than 100,000.
- Two members are paid fire protection personnel nominated by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters. These fire fighters must hold a rank of battalion chief or below, and one must be employed by a municipality with a population of less than 100,000.
- Two members are volunteer fire protection personnel nominated by the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas.
- One member is a certified fire protection engineer.
- One member is a certified arson investigator or fire protection inspector.
- One member is a fire protection instructor from an institution of higher education.
- Four commissioners are public members who cannot be employed or certified as fire fighters or who otherwise would fall under the commission's regulatory authority.
E-mail messages can be forwarded to the commissioners through this web site, or, if you prefer, more direct contact information can be furnished on request. Please contact the commission for more information.
Robert Moore, Presiding Officer
Robert Moore is director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Emergency Services Training Institute. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association (SFFMA), and SFFMA Industrial Emergency Services Board. He is also a former assistant fire chief and paramedic for the Channelview Volunteer Fire Department. Moore received an associate degree from Blinn College, completed his Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic certification at Lee College, and is a graduate of the TEEX Leadership Development Program. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2021.
Jody Gonzalez, Assistant Presiding Officer
Jody Gonzalez is chief and director of the Denton County Department of Emergency Services, which includes his responsibilities as fire marshal and homeland security and emergency management coordinator for the county. He is the immediate past president of the Texas Fire Marshals Association (TFMA), first vice president of the Texas Arson Investigation Association and chair of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council. Gonzalez is a certified fire fighter, arson investigator, inspector, fire instructor and master peace officer. He has served as an advisory board member of the State Fire Marshal's Office's (SFMO) Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) and is a current member of the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas (SFFMA), International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and International Fire Chiefs Association (IAFC). Gonzalez received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). His term will expire Feb. 1, 2019.
John Kelly Gillette III, Secretary
John Kelly Gillette III of Frisco is a registered professional engineer in fire protection and is fire marshal for the City of Frisco. He is a member of the Texas chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the Texas Fire Marshal's Association. Gillette is past president of the Fire Prevention Association of North Texas and the North Texas chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Texas A&M Fire Training School and at the Collin County Community College in Fire Science. Gillette received a bachelor's degree in engineering technology from Oklahoma State University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2017.
Tommy Anderson of Santa Fe Fire & Rescue is a communication specialist at Marathon Petroleum in Texas City. He was elected to the rank of chief, serving the Alta Loma Volunteer Fire Department for the past 43 years. He is former president of the Galveston County Fire Fighters Association, State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas and the Gulf Coast Fireman's Associations. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2021.
Elroy Carson of Ransom Canyon is an insurance agent with State Farm Insurance and an officer in the United States Army Reserve (retired). He is a member of the Greater Lubbock Rotary Club and 100 Black Men of West Texas, Inc. Carson serves as president of the Reserve Officer Association. He received a degree in accounting from then Dallas Baptist College and studied business at Texas Tech University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2017.
Carlos Cortez, Jr.
Carlos Cortez, Jr. of Harlingen is president and proprietor of Harlingen Flooring. He is a member of the Harlingen Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board. He is also the past chairman of the Stuart Place Country Club Homeowners Association Architectural Committee and past treasurer of the Water's Edge Homeowners Association. Prior to his business and civic career, Cortez received an honorable discharge from the United States Coast Guard. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2021.
Kelly E. Doster
Kelly Doster of Frisco is the Technology Construction Manager for Frisco Independent School District responsible for district wide technology classroom and facility Infrastructure. Prior to Frisco ISD, he served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Network Traffic Controllers, Inc. He is a past councilman and mayor pro-tem for the City of Frisco, where he served on several committees including, Cable Franchise Committee, Frisco Technology Forum and the Master Plan Committee. Doster received a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2021.
Pat Ekiss is the City of Taylor Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator and a certified EMT/paramedic. He is a fire service instructor at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute. Ekiss is past president of the Southern Emergency Response and Preparedness Association, secretary/treasurer of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Texas Association of Fire Service Educators, the National Fire Protection Association, the Williamson County Fire Chiefs Association, and the State Fire Marshal's Line of Duty Death Task Force Review Board. He is also a member of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Taylor. Ekiss received two associate's degrees from Weatherford College and is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy's Certified Fire Executive Program. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2017.
Mike Jones of Burleson is a lieutenant fire fighter for the city of Burleson and serves as an adjunct fire instructor at Tarrant County College, Fort Worth. He is former president of the Burleson Professional Firefighters Association. He is a member of the Texas State Firefighters Association and the International Association of Firefighters. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2017.
John T. McMakin
Commissioner McMakin is fire chief of the LaRue-New York Volunteer Fire Department Inc. and vice president of the Henderson County 911 Communication District. He is a member of the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association, and a member and past president of the Henderson County Fire Chiefs Association. He is also a past member of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and the National Volunteer Fire Council. McMakin attended the University of Texas. His term expires Feb. 1, 2019.
Leonardo (Lenny) Perez is the Fire Chief for the City of Pharr. He is the regional director of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Texas Firemen's and Fire Marshals Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the Rio Grande Valley Firemen's and Fire Marshals Association and the Rio Grande Valley Emergency Training Alliance. He is also a former board member of the Southmost Lions Club. Perez received an associate's degree from Texas Southmost College and has attended numerous courses at the National Fire Academy. Commissioner Perez's term will expire Feb. 1, 2019.
Steven C. Tull
Steven C. Tull of Valley Mills is a lieutenant fire fighter in the City of Waco Fire Department. He is also president of the Waco Professional Firefighters Association. His term expires Feb. 1, 2021.
Tivy Whitlock is a member of the Learning Resources Network, Texas Administrators of Continuing Education and the National Council for Continuing Education and Training. She is a past member of the Texas Commission on Human Rights, Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services, Governor's Committee on Licensing Standards and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She is also a member of the P16 Plus Strategic Partners Steering Committee in San Antonio and a past member of the City of San Antonio Head Start Commission. Whitlock received a bachelor's degree from Southwestern University and a master's degree in adult and higher education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her term expires Feb. 1, 2019.
The fire fighter advisory committee is created by the commission's enabling statute, Chapter 419 of the Government Code. Members are appointed by the commission.
- Jim Reidy, Presiding Officer, San Antonio Fire Department
- Michael Wisko, Assistant Presiding Officer, Galveston Fire Department
- J. P. Steelman, Secretary, Longview Fire Department
- Daniel Buford, Bryan Fire Department
- Amado Cano, Jr., McAllen Fire Department
- Jason Collier, Highland Village Fire Department
- Daniel E. DeYear ( alternate address), Dallas Fire Rescue
- Keith Schmidt, Gonzales Fire Department
- Ken Swindle, Krum Fire Department
The curriculum and testing committee was created and appointed by the commission to periodically review and recommend changes to the commission's testing and training programs.
- Pat McAuliff, McKinney, Presiding Officer
- Robert Louis Havens, Port Arthur, Assistant Presiding Officer
- Jason Loyd, College Station, Secretary
- Richard Bahena, El Paso
- Martin Davila, San Antonio
- Chuck French, Nacogdoches
- Bill Ho-Gland, Amarillo
- Daryl Maretka, Rosenberg
- Randy Pearson, Killeen
- Chris Watson, Austin
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