Chris Connealy has been appointed by the Williamson County Commissioners Court to serve as senior director of Emergency Services effective July 16. Connealy takes the role following the retirement of the county’s first senior director of emergency services, John Sneed, in April.
Connealy, who currently serves as the state’s top fire marshal, has more than 40 years of experience in emergency services.
Prior to being appointed state fire marshal, Connealy served as the fire chief in Cedar Park for eight years. Under Connealy’s leadership in 2006, the Cedar Park Fire Department was named the state’s top first responder agency by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Prior to his appointment in Cedar Park, Mr. Connealy served as fire chief over the Houston Fire Department where he supervised more than 4,000 employees. During his tenure in Houston, Connealy commanded the response to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and helped establish the new Combined Emergency Dispatch facility in Houston which opened in 2003.
Connealy holds a master’s degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.
“I look forward to the opportunity to lead emergency services in Williamson County towards continuous improvement, a positive work environment, outstanding customer service, and striving to exceed best practices,” said Connealy.