The Harrison County Commissioners Court held a special-called meeting Monday, inviting fire chiefs from all nine Emergency Services District to give input on the county’s search for a new fire marshal.

The post became vacant because of the retirement of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Thomas Mock, whose last day will be Friday.

“He was an excellent fire marshal and very pleasant to work with,” Harrison County Judge Chad Sims said. “We really appreciated his service. We wish him the best.”

Mock has served in the position since 2009 and has assisted in acquiring and administering over $400,000 in federal grants for the office. The fire marshal said he’s enjoyed serving the county.

“I’ve got almost 29 years in the fire service,” he said of his career in Harrison and Gregg counties.

He’s now looking forward to enjoying more time with his grandchildren.

Sims said the purpose of Monday’s meeting was to gain feedback from the nine ESDs — the entities most impacted by the vacancy — as the county moves forward in the application process.

Applications are currently available on the county’s website, harrisoncountytexas.org .