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April 23, 2013

Fire marshal tenders resignation

County Judge Richard Sanders praised Darrell Furrh for his work in the office

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court accepted the resignation of Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh on Tuesday and appointed Deputy Fire Marshal Shane Renberg as interim.

County Judge Richard Sanders and each of the commissioners praised Furrh for his work in the office.

“We hate to see him go,” Sanders said. “His service has been invaluable to Henderson County. He’s done a great job in the time that he’s been here.”

Furrh has held the office since January 2010, when he was selected to replace John Holcomb, who resigned to take a job with the City of Forney. The Commissioners said at the time that Furrh’s experience as a fire investigator was a major factor in his selection.

“It’s just time,” Furrh said after the meeting. “I’ve been in fire investigation a little more than 36 years, and am ready to retire. Henderson County has been a good place to work, and has good people to work with.”

Furrh’s firefighting career includes 25 years with the Garland Fire Department. During that time, he spent 10 years in the GFD Fire Marshal’s Office, determining the origin and cause of blazes, and filing criminal cases against those responsible. He served as Captain and Assistant Chief of the Edgewood Fire Department for 10 years, and had a 2-year stint as Fire Marshal and Criminal Investigator. 

The court installed Renberg to serve as interim until the end of the year. Renberg was interim fire marshal in 2010, in the period between the resignation of Holcomb and the hiring of Furrh. The Commissioners plan to move quickly to fill Renberg’s deputy position.

In other action, Commissioners approved an official seal for the county. The seal has a gold star at the center, superimposed on a drawing of the Henderson County Courthouse.

Graphic design work on the seal was done by Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin’s daughter-in-law, Alisha Geeslin. The design was used on the recently published book “Henderson County 1929-2012.”

Commissioners also voted to:

• accept the proclamation declaring April 21-27 National Crime Victims Week;

• approve the purchase of iPad 2s for the justices of the peace from the Justice of the Peace Technology Fund; and

• authorized payment of bills in the amount of $183,003.66.

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