Outgoing Fort Worth Council Member Leonard Firestone didn’t seek a second term during the recent election cycle, but his civic duties will continue.

The District 7 council member has been appointed to the JPS Health Network’s board of managers. He's the fourth member added since new commissioners were elected to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

The details

Firestone’s appointment—which is a two-year term—was made by Precinct 4 Commissioner Manny Ramirez. He appointed Firestone as an at-large member, and Firestone will replace Dr. Steven Simmons. The commissioners voted unanimously for the appointment of Firestone.

The other new board members are:
  • Dr. Margaret Holland, a family medicine physician with Baylor Scott & White in Fort Worth
  • Attorney Tim Davis, who works for Jackson Walker in Dallas
  • Health and life insurance agent Blake Woodard, who works for Woodard Insurance in Fort Worth
The 11-member board oversees JPS Health Network facilities and leadership, according to the website.

A closer look

Firestone is a co-founder of Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company and helped create the TX Whiskey and TX Bourbon brands.

Prior to entering the spirit business, Firestone worked as a president and general manager of a television station in Jacksonville, Florida. He was elected to Fort Worth City Council in 2021.

Notable quote

“He has been an incredible member of our community for a long time,” Ramirez said. “He’s an incredible business mind. I think having business acumen on there to replace some the folks we lost will be critical as they run a billion-dollar business.”