Harris County ESD No. 11 votes to terminate its contract with Cypress Creek EMS

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

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

After months of disagreements, Harris County Emergency Service District No. 11 voted Sept. 3 to terminate its contract with Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services early.

After an executive session, the district’s commissioners voted to give CCEMS 360 days' notice of the termination of the contract. The commissioners did not discuss the decision in public session.




CCEMS Chief Operating Office Wren Nealy said in an email statement the district has said it intended to keep CCEMS as its emergency service provider despite the ongoing disagreements.

“Today’s vote is disappointing and shocking to everyone here. Our main concerns are for our employees and the community they serve, as front-line responders during a pandemic we want to reassure them they will continue to have employment and serve the community for the next year,” Nealy said. “The reality is ESD 11’s attempts to replace the services we provide at our level of expertise is just not possible.”



The commissioners also voted to contract with Harris County emergency services to provide supplemental services to the district and to approve the purchase of real estate.

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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