Governor Appoints Three to Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees

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Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Courtney Gibson Bechtol and Pilar Rodriguez and reappointed Virginia “Jenny” Moore to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees (TESRS) for terms set to expire September 1, 2021. TESRS administers a pension System for 229 member volunteer fire and emergency departments across the state.  In addition to providing retirement benefits, active members are covered by death and disability benefits.  Members are also eligible for fire science-related tuition benefits.

Courtney Gibson Bechtol of Rockport is a partner at Oxbow Advisors, serving as a portfolio manager and member of the firm’s investment committee. She is currently serving on the Odyssey After School Enrichment Program Board of Directors and is a former committee chair for the Texas State Maritime Museum. Bechtol received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Pilar Rodriguez of Edinburg is executive director of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority. Previously, he served the City of McAllen as assistant city manager, director of Public Works, deputy city engineer and director of traffic. He currently serves as deputy fire chief for the Pharr Volunteer Fire Department, a structural specialist for Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team and as a team leader for the Texas Public Works Strike Team. He is a member of the Texas Public Works Association and the State Firefighters & Fire Marshals Association. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&I University – Kingsville.

Virginia “Jenny” Moore of Lake Jackson is a master firefighter and arson investigator for the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department and also an instructor at the Brazosport College Police Academy. Additionally, she is also a reserve police officer for the City of Lake Jackson and a guest instructor at the Texas A&M University Fireman’s Training School. Moore received an Associate’s degree in applied sciences from Brazosport College.

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