Longtime county EMS senior director retires


 A longtime Williamson County employee retired late last month. 

Senior Director of Emergency Services John Sneed, a 36-year county employee, officially retired on April 26, just two days after the commissioners court approved a resolution honoring him. 

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to serve the residents and guests of Williamson County for the past 36 years,” Sneed said. “I have seen the county through tremendous growth and changes. Although there is always more you want to see accomplished, now is the time for me to pass the torch. I have missed out on a lot of family time due to the demands of being on-call, so now I plan to enjoy my time with my family.” 

Sneed began his career in 191 as a field paramedic. He was named director of Emergency Medical Services in 1993, eventually coordinating the emergency response to an F5 tornado that killed 27 people in Jarrell in 1997. On the same day, he directed the response to an F3 tornado that killed one person and caused severe damage in Cedar Park. His actions that day earned him recognition as Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year. 

In 2008, Sneed was appointed to the newly created position of senior director of Emergency Services where he oversaw all emergency service departments, including EMS, Emergency Communications, Haz-Mat, Mobile Outreach Team, and the then-new Fire Marshal Office. 

“When the county decided to compile similar departments under a senior director, there was no other choice but John Sneed for senior director of Emergency Services,” said County Judge Dan Gattis. 

Sneed is a founding member of the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory County (CATRAC) which he chaired for 16 years. He was also chair of the Austin Community College Paramedic Education Board for 16 years.

In 2009 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the 100 Club of Central Texas.