The appointment follows last week’s resignation of Doug Hooten, who was appointed as ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare’s CEO in December 2020. The emergency medical services provider, which launched in September 2021, serves more than 600,000 residents across 177 square miles in north Harris County.
Commissioners had not yet given a reason for Hooten’s departure as of press time. Early during the Sept. 27 meeting, the board adjourned to executive session to discuss Hooten’s resignation. Upon returning, board President Karen Plummer called for a vote to accept the resignation, and the board unanimously approved the motion without discussion.
Board members then unanimously approved the appointment of Chebra as interim CEO. Chebra serves as the district’s chief operating officer.
“I look forward to the opportunity to prove myself to the board and the community that I’d be a good choice for the permanent position,” Chebra said.
Chebra has been involved in the EMS industry for more than 20 years. Prior to his role with ESD 11, he served as the executive director of Jersey City Medical Center EMS and led JFK EMS in Edison, New Jersey. Chebra earned a master’s degree in emergency health science from the University of Maryland and holds a graduate certificate in emergency management.