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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Tuesday, March 26, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission enforces statewide fire service standards and provides education and assistance to fire service personnel.

Joseph "Jody" Gonzalez of Krugerville is director and chief of the Denton County Department of Emergency Services. He is a member of the International associations of Fire Chiefs and Emergency Managers, North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council and Denton County Emergency Amateur Radio Association. He is a member and past president of the Texas Fire Marshals Association, and a member and past first vice president of the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. He is also president of the Aubrey Area Youth Sports Association. Gonzalez received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University.

Joseph Gutheinz of Pearland is a criminal defense attorney at the Gutheinz Law Firm LLP, a certified fraud examiner, and a criminal justice instructor for the University of Phoenix and Alvin Community College. He is also a retired senior special agent with the NASA Office of the Inspector General, and a published author. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Pro-Bono College of Texas, and Texas and Brazoria County Bar associations, and a volunteer guest speaker for International Business Forum. He is also a past board member of the Council on Sex Offender Treatment and Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. He served in the California State National Guard and U.S. Army. Gutheinz received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in criminal justice from California State University, a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

John T. McMakin of LaRue is a fire fighter and chief emeritus for 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 Firemen's and Fire Marshalls' Association of Texas, 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 National Volunteer Fire Council. McMakin attended The University of Texas.

Leonardo "Lenny" Perez of Brownsville is fire chief for the City of Brownsville. He is regional director of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, State Firemen's and Fire Marshalls' Association of Texas and National Fire Protection Association. He is a member of the Rio Grande Valley Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association and Rio Grande Valley Emergency Training Alliance, and a past board member of the Southmost Lions Club. Perez received an associate degree from Texas Southmost College and attended the National Fire Academy.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

 

 

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