Dear Smiley Residents,
Please be advised that the Smiley Fire Department has NOT disbanded. The City of Smiley does not govern the local fire services, the Gonzales County Emergency Service (ESD) Board does. Let it be known that on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023, the ESD and their attorney made the decision to restructure the Smiley Fire Department. Mr. Mark Mendez has been appointed the Interim Chief. His assigned duties will include all records be put in order starting with the application and selection process ie members must have a valid driver’s license, not have any drug related charges, etc. as well as ensuring proper training for all members. Recruitment for members is already in the works. Per the ESD decision, once the Smiley Fire Department can provide confirmation that all previous shortcomings have been corrected the ESD will allow the members to elect a new Smiley Fire Chief. The ESD wants the Smiley Fire Department to continue to operate and serve the residents of Smiley but appropriate records and training for each member is expected.
The City of Smiley wants to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Mendez for accepting his new role and all the responsibility that comes with it. The City of Smiley accepts and supports the restructuring and will do what is necessary to ensure that Smiley remains in compliance and satisfies the instruction of the ESD for the continued safety of Smiley residents.
Mayor Lisa Benavidez
Smiley Texas Fire Department
On Call 24 hrs. a day
Interim Fire Chief: Mark Mendez
Smiley Fire Department
208 North FM 108
Smiley, Texas 78159Map Location
City of Smiley Fire Department
P.O. Box 189
Smiley, Texas 78159
Interim Fire Chief
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