Atascosa County selected its new emergency management coordinator by combining the position with another.
On Monday, commissioners consolidated Atascosa County Fire Marshal Roger Garcia’s position and the emergency management coordinator position.
“I’m going to try and keep the course that we are on right now,” Garcia said.
Former emergency management coordinator David Prasifka passed away during the Fourth of July weekend.
“They are going to give me 60 to 90 days to ease the workload all the way around, which should make it easier,” Garcia said. “I don’t think it should be too hard. Not with all the support I have from the other departments and outside agencies.”
With COVID-19 cases rising in Texas the concern is keeping Atascosa County safe.
“I’m a volunteer firefighter still in Lytle and, COVID or not, we still got to work. I’m going to be out there doing what I need to do,” Garcia said. “If this can help the county and the community I am all for it.”
Emergency Management Services Director Donald Penny took over for Prasifka’s COVID-19 reports to commissioners court.
“I’m going to be working closely with Don [Penny] and we are going to keep on doing what they have been doing,” Garcia said.
Atascosa County Judge Robert Hurley said Penny stepped up during the tragedy of losing Prasifka.
“Six years ago, the fire marshal and emergency management coordinator were one,” Hurley said.
Hurley said having both positions in one department is normal for counties that are Atascosa’s size.
“I talked to the fire marshal and he was very agreeable with taking the job. He said there is much overlap between the two positions,” Hurley said.
If he had a wreck where a truck had a hazardous chemical spill there would be two different departments handling it. Now it will be under one department, Hurley said.
You may reach Roger Garcia by calling 830-769- 2029. His office is located at 711 Broadway St. in Jourdanton.