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A new executive director will take over leadership of the San Marcos-Hays County Emergency Medical Service in January after long-serving executive director Tom Partin retires.


Christopher Alexander of Bonner Springs, Kan., has been hired as the new executive director of San Marcos-Hays County EMS, Inc.

Alexander was chosen by the EMS Board of Directors, which includes representatives from the City of San Marcos and Hays County, Central Texas Medical Center and Seton Hays Hospitals, and representatives from numerous area Fire Departments.

“We are happy to welcome Mr. Alexander as EMS executive director,” said Hays County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, EMS Board Chair. “He brings many skills to a key position that will benefit an essential service to our communities. I also want to express our gratitude to Tom Partin for his leadership and dedication in creating and building our EMS services over the past four decades for San Marcos and Hays County.”

Alexander will succeed Partin, who announced his retirement earlier this year after serving as EMS executive director since its inception in 1983. Before that, Partin was the director of the EMS service when it was part of what was then Hays Memorial Hospital beginning in 1974.

“I am excited to join such a warm, inviting service,” Alexander said.  “I look forward to the opportunity to share my experience and continue building upon the foundation of public service.”

Alexander comes to San Marcos-Hays County EMS after a 20-year career with the Kansas City, KS Fire Department where he served as assistant chief/EMS chief. While there, he oversaw nine ambulances and 66 staff members in the department’s medical operation, which responds to 19,000 calls per year.

San Marcos-Hays County EMS employs 54 full-time and 20 part-time staff members and has a fleet of eight ambulances. The organization provides emergency medical service to San Marcos, Kyle and Dripping Springs. The local EMS service responds to more than 10,000 emergency calls a year.

Alexander will begin his duties here on Jan. 7.

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