Ray Wilson no longer is a police detective, but he isn’t leaving investigation work behind.
Last Wednesday was Wilson’s first official day on the job as Hood County’s new fire marshal and emergency management coordinator (EMC).
Wilson was a police officer with the Fort Worth Police Department for 29 years. He had served as a detective since being promoted in April 1996.
“I don’t feel I’m completely leaving that behind because the fire marshal does investigate (fires),” said Wilson, who also has been the assistant fire chief for the Tolar Volunteer Fire Department. “My primary focus was investigation. The only difference is the type of investigations. I had a very enjoyable career. I loved what I was doing.”
Wilson said he was the fifth member of his family to serve as a police officer, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and two cousins.
“So I guess you would have to say I’m public safety oriented,” said Wilson, who has lived with wife Lisa just east of Tolar the past 21 years.
“He really has a good work record,” County Judge Darrell Cockerham said. “We have all the confidence in the world in him. We had a lot of good candidates, but he was the one we chose because of his work record.”
Cockerham also said that Wilson’s familiarity with the area, from having lived in Hood County and his 12 years on the Tolar VFD, was also a big factor in making the selection.
Wilson’s wife, Lisa, is EMS coordinator for the Tolar VFD. Their son, 18-year-old Justin, is a member of the Tolar VFD. Daughter Nicole is a former member of the Tolar VFD who now lives in Fort Worth. Nicole and her husband Cameron are assigned to logistics with the Med-Star Ambulance Service.
Wilson emphasized that safety will be one of his primary goals as fire marshal and EMC.
“First, I want the citizens and firefighters to be safe in what they do in their everyday lives, and I want this office to be here to support both so they can do that,” he said.
Brian Fine had served as fire marshal before resigning in February to become a deputy state fire marshal.
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