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