Following 31 years with the organization, Cypress Creek EMS CEO Brad England submitted his notice of retirement to the CCEMS board of directors May 27. England's retirement became effective the same day, Public Information Officer Norm Uhl confirmed.

According to Uhl, England started with CCEMS in January 1989 before being appointed to executive director—now referred to as CEO—in December 1991.

"The CEO is the lead administrator, serves as the administrator of record for CCEMS with Texas Department of State Health Services and reports to the CCEMS board president," Uhl said in an email.

Primarily through its service agreement with Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11, CCEMS provides emergency medical services for approximately 177 square miles of north Harris County. The service area encompasses 17 ZIP codes that include areas such as Cypress, Tomball, Spring and Humble.

Following England's departure, Uhl said Wren Nealy, who currently serves as the organization's chief operations officer, has been appointed to serve as interim CEO until a permanent CEO can be identified. According to Uhl, Nealy has worked for CCEMS since July 1994 and was promoted to COO in April 2018.

"Wren has been with CCEMS for many years and as the current COO and second in charge, he was the apparent leader to take the interim assignment," Uhl said. "The CCEMS Board is still developing a specific plan to search for a new CEO and as part of that plan, our board wishes to collaborate with the ESD on that process."