County Judge Jimmy Sylvia (fourth from left), with Sheriff Brian Hawthorne (center), District Attorney Cheryl Lieck, Emergency Management Director Ryan Holaepfel, along with school officials from all three school districts and law enforcement get together to attend the first county school safety symposium.

Submitted by Deputy Houghton, PIO

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne held the first Chambers County School Safety Symposium at the Barbers Hill Independent School District C.T. Joseph Conference Center today which was sponsored by Dr. Greg Poole the Superintendent of the Barbers Hill Independent School District.

In attendance at the Symposium were Dr. Linda Barnhart Superintendent of Anahuac Independent School District and Scott Campbell of the East Chambers Independent School District.

Presentations were made by Barbers Hill Independent School District Campus Police Chief Kenny Widner, Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Holzaepfel and Bruce Oliphant the Director of Emergency Services.

Others in attendance were County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, Cheryl Lieck District Attorney, and Mont Belvieu Police Chief Virgil Blasdel.


This summit was the first time that all three School Districts in the County gathered together with one goal in mind which is making Chambers County a safer place to live.

Source:  Anahuac Progress for Everything Anahuac