Cypress Creek EMS to release documents for Harris County ESD No. 11's audit

From left: ESD No. 11 Commissioners Fred Grundmeyer, Steve Williams, Karen Plummer, Kevin Brost and Robert Pinard met the morning of Sept. 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
From left: ESD No. 11 Commissioners Fred Grundmeyer, Steve Williams, Karen Plummer, Kevin Brost and Robert Pinard met the morning of Sept. 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left: ESD No. 11 Commissioners Fred Grundmeyer, Steve Williams, Karen Plummer, Kevin Brost and Robert Pinard met the morning of Sept. 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Correction - This article incorrectly stated ESD No. 11 recieved CCEMS' letter on Sept. 8. The date has been corrected below.

Some headway was made in the ongoing disagreements between Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services and Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 during the district’s Sept. 3 meeting. But members of both entities made it clear there is still work that needs to be done.

ESD No. 11 President Karen Plummer said the commissioners received a letter from CCEMS the morning of Sept. 3 that said the nonprofit would comply and submit all requested documents to conduct an audit of its finances and assets.

George Vie, CCEMS’ attorney, said he had already uploaded some documents and handed them over to ESD No. 11 accountant Danielle Cheek and that more would be coming after personal employee information was redacted.

Although these documents mark compliance by CCEMS with the district’s “demands,” Assistant Treasurer Kevin Brost made clear that this did not solve the ongoing issue.


“This is one thing of 999 things of systemic problems and failures with the administration of the board of Cypress Creek EMS,” Brost said. “Yes, we need this to find out where the tax money and everything else has gone, but just because we get a big document dump and go through this doesn’t mean all the problems are fixed.”

Later on the in meeting, Vie clashed with board members again for some of the wording in his letters, in which he called the leadership of CCEMS “new.” Vie explained two of the board members have been replaced as ESD No. 11 “demanded.”

These small gains represent the most recent event in a long disagreement between the two two entities, which have touched on communication, CCEMS assets and use of funds, and the release of information.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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