Double duty: Constable new fire chief
Herbie Vaughan, who has served in virtually every leadership position in the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department during a 25-year RVFD career, was named fire chief in a meeting of volunteers Monday evening.
Vaughan is also Milam County Precinct 3 constable and will continue to occupy that office, where he has served six years.
Double duty is nothing new for Vaughan. He is a 28-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department. Part of that time overlapped with his Rockdale volunteer duties.
PRESIDENT— After retiring from the Houston department, he became a full-time resident of Rockdale.
Vaughan is the current RVFD president and his elevation to chief will require a special election Dec. 6 to fill that post.
“Paul Leopold, current vice-president, will serve as president until the special election can be held,” Vaughan said.
Vaughan replaces Warren Matous who has accepted a job which requires him to be out of town for long periods.
Matous had served as fire chief for the past three years.
TRAINING— Vaughan has played a large part in training volunteer firefighters over the past two and one-half decades.
“I’ve been training officer, involved with rescue training, attended many fire schools, been assistant chief several times and, of course, I had been president,” he said.
He was also an officer, and leader, in Rockdale’s former volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization.
Vaughan is also a certified arson investigator and is a former chief of police in Thorndale.
Vaughan first ran for Precinct 3 Constable in 2004 when longtime Constable Milton Holmes decided not to seek re-election. He was re-elected in 2008.
His elevation to fire chief was effective immediately on Monday, he said.