County Fire Marshal resigns

After six years of service in Hays County, Fire Marshal Clint Browning resigned Friday in order to pursue other opportunities, according to county leaders.
Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones confirmed Browning’s resignation, adding Browning sent his two-week’s notice prior to commissioners approving the resignation during the Oct. 2 meeting.
Browning’s last day on the job was Oct. 5 according to county documents. According to officials, Browning opted to work in the private sector doing inspections and similar work and left with no issues. 
Browning worked as a sheriff’s deputy in Caldwell County before becoming Assistant Fire Marshal for the Hays County Fire Marshal’s office in 2012. After three years serving as assistant, Browning was promoted to Fire Marshal in 2016, where he was responsible for investigating fires across the county and performing local inspections. 
Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the Office of Emergency Services to perform Browning’s duties until a replacement is chosen. Gib Watt is serving as interim fire marshal at this time. 
Watt has served the City of San Marcos since 2000 and has experience as assistant fire marshal and emergency operations manager. 
According to county officials, applications have been received for the open position, however a time frame to hire a new Fire Marshal has not been determined.
The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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