Thursday, January 13, 2022

City of Austin seeks community input regarding Finalists for Austin’s next Emergency Medical Services Chief


Virtual community input meeting begins tonight at 6 pm 

Austin Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano has announced the top two finalists for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief.

The City of Austin will broadcast a community input meeting in English and Spanish featuring these finalists live tonight at 6 p.m. on ATXN.TV. The live broadcast can also be seen on cable TV Channel 6, U-Verse channel 99, and the City of Austin Facebook page.  

Finalist Bios

Jasper BrownJasper D. Brown has served as Interim Chief of Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS), after being appointed by City leadership in June 2021.

Chief Brown’s career in Public Safety spans almost three decades, with humble beginnings as a volunteer firefighter while attending Texas State University, where he studied Criminal Justice. He later became a certified EMT- Basic and spent three years working for an EMS system that provided 9-1-1 services in south Texas.

Brown’s career with ATCEMS began in November of 1997. His ambition and strong work ethic allowed him to rise through the ranks, serving as Communications Medic, Commander, Division Commander, Assistant Chief of Operations, and Chief of Staff for six years.

His accolades include being an integral part of migrating the Department to the Computer Aided Dispatch system, transitioning to enhanced radio technologies, serving as a key stakeholder in the development of a combined communications center, gaining designation as the first Accredited Center of Excellence with NAED in Texas, achieving accreditation through Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Service and serving as a member of the Sobering Center Board since its inception.

Chief Brown holds an Advanced EMT certification through Texas DSHS and is a member of several professional organizations.

Robert Luckritz has been in EMS for more than 25 years, serving many roles including Paramedic, instructor, field supervisor, EMS Chief, and hospital leader.  He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Transformative Healthcare, a multi-state EMS, Medical Transportation, and Public Health organization in New England. Robert previously served as the Chief and Executive Director of Jersey City Medical Center EMS, the exclusive EMS provider for Jersey City and Medical-911 and paramedic provider for Hudson County, which responds to more than 100,000 911 requests annually and serves 700,000 residents.  Through his tenure as EMS Chief, Luckritz led the organization and its 500+ providers through significant growth despite organizational and political upheaval. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Luckritz served as Vice President of Hospital Operations for a major metro-NYC academic medical center. 
Luckritz continues to serve on the Board of the National Association of EMTs for over 7 years, serves as Chair of the NAEMT Workforce Committee, was President of the New Jersey Association of Paramedics, and was a Board member of the National Association of Urban Hospitals. Luckritz is a licensed attorney and is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant on Leadership Theory, Organizational Behavior, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Following tonight’s broadcast, members of the community can provide feedback on the finalists via or by calling 3-1-1 through January 17.

A new EMS Chief will be named in the coming weeks.

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