Austin City Assistant Manager Rey Arellano announced the top two finalists for Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
The City of Austin will be broadcasting a community contribution meeting in English and Spanish featuring these finalists live tonight at 6 p.m. on ATXN.TV: https://www.austintexas.gov/watch-atxn-live. The live stream can also be seen on Cable TV Channel 6, U-Verse Channel 99, and the City of Austin’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/AustinTexasGov.
Biographies of the finalists
Jasper D. Brown served as Acting Chief of Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS), after being appointed by city leadership in June 2021.
Chief Brown’s career in public safety spans nearly three decades, with humble beginnings as a volunteer firefighter while attending Texas State University, where he studied criminal justice. He later became a certified EMT-Basic and spent three years working for an EMS system that provided 9-1-1 service in South Texas.
Brown’s career with ATCEMS began in November 1997. His ambition and strong work ethic saw him rise through the ranks, serving as Communications Surgeon, Commanding Officer, Division Commander, Deputy Chief of Operations and Chief of Staff- Major for six years.
His accolades include being an integral part of the Department’s migration to computer-aided dispatch, the transition to improved radio technologies, being a key player in the development of a combined communications center, being designated as the first Accredited Center of Excellence with NAED in Texas, achieving accreditation through the Ambulance Service Accreditation Commission, and serving as a member of the Sobering Board of Directors Center since its inception.
Chef Brown holds advanced EMT certification from Texas DSHS and is a member of several professional organizations.
Robert Lucritz has been in EMS for over 25 years fulfilling many roles including Paramedic, Instructor, Field Supervisor, EMS Chief and Hospital Chief. He is currently the COO of Transformative Healthcare, a multi-state EMS, medical transportation and public health organization in New England. Robert previously served as Chief and Executive Director of Jersey City Medical Center EMS, the exclusive EMS provider for Jersey City and Medical-911 and paramedic provider for Hudson County, which responds to more than 100,000 911 requests. per year and serves 700,000 residents. Throughout his tenure as Chief EMS, Luckritz led the organization and its more than 500 vendors through significant growth despite organizational and political upheaval. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Luckritz served as vice president of hospital operations for a major New York metropolitan academic medical center.
Luckritz continues to serve on the National Ambulance Association Board of Directors for over 7 years, is Chairman of the NAEMT Workforce Committee, was President of the New Jersey Association of Paramedics and was a board member of the National Association of Urban Hospitals. Luckritz is a licensed attorney and a nationally recognized speaker and consultant on leadership theory, organizational behavior, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
After tonight’s broadcast, community members can give their thoughts on the finalists via Your Next EMS Leader | Talk to Austin! or by dialing 3-1-1 until January 17.
A new EMS chief will be appointed in the coming weeks.