Brady’s new fire chief, Johnny Elliott, was officially named to the position at the last Brady City Council meeting. This makes Elliott only the second paid fire chief for the City of Brady. The first was Jonathan Weidemann who resigned late last year to pursue a position with Travis County Fire Control. Having filled the position as interim chief since Weidemann’s resignation, Elliott brings over 30 years of firefighting experience with him to the department. He has served the Brady department since 1982 when he was first hired by the City of Brady as a firefighter. Since his initial involvement with the department, he was elected chief of the volunteers for six different years. Elliott, a certified Master Firefighter, began his firefighting career while in the navy. After being honorably discharged from the service in 1968, he was hired as a government fire service employee and was stationed at Naval Air Station Chase Field in Beeville. Married to Brady native Maxine Smith, Elliott and his family moved back to Brady in 1979. They now have four grown children and six grandchildren. He has training certifications in hazardous materials, safety officer status and incident command. He acheived his Master Firefighter certification in 1991.