Feb 24, 2023
Jill Burgin and Todd Horton
Williamson County Emergency Management (VOAD)

A native Tennessean, Jill Burgin was born and raised in Memphis and moved to Williamson County in 1991. She has lived in Brentwood since 2000. Jill attended UT Knoxville and graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in journalism.

After a career writing and editing for local newspapers, Jill was elected in 2011 to the Brentwood City Commission and was reelected in 2015, serving two terms as vice mayor and one term as mayor, rolling off the board in 2019.

Jill now works for Williamson County Government as the External Affairs Officer for the county’s Emergency Management Agency, responsible for media contact and preparedness education.

Jill is the mother of three grown sons who attended public school in Brentwood from kindergarten through high school graduation. Her twins graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2019, and her youngest is a freshman there now.

Todd Horton was named the director of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency in 2019, after more than 30 years with the Franklin Fire Department.

Horton is a lifelong Williamson County resident who began his firefighting career just after graduating from Franklin High School. He started as a volunteer firefighter for the Williamson County Rescue Squad, which his father, Donnie Horton, helped found. He served as a firefighter for the City of Brentwood, and was hired by the Franklin Fire Department in 1989 by Fire Chief Mark Riggsbee. 

Todd worked his way through the ranks, serving as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, and deputy chief of administration and emergency management. 

As EMA director, Horton managed the county’s COVID-19 response, as Williamson County saw the first active case in the state. He also oversees the county’s disaster planning, response and recovery operations.

Todd and his wife Pam live in Thompson’s Station. They have two daughters, a son-in-law and a granddaughter.