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Henderson City names veteran firefighter, paramedic as new fire chief

Ronald Delos Santos

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Henderson Fire Chief Shawn White

The City of Henderson officials on Tuesday, August 29, announced that Shawn White — the current Deputy Fire — has been named to serve as the new fire chief. The longtime firefighter White will be sworn in as interim Henderson fire chief on September 7th and will permanently be taking the position at a City Council meeting on September 19.

“Chief White has the experience and skills that we need at the helm of the Henderson Fire Department and he knows our community firsthand,” Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane said. “Shawn is an exceptional leader who is committed to continuing the Henderson Fire Department’s tradition of providing the best possible emergency response services to Henderson residents.”

White replaces veteran Fire Chief Matthew Morris, who moved on as a fire chief with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority after 21 years of serving with the Henderson Fire Department. White had previously been a finalist for the Henderson City fire chief job during the last preference process following the departure of then chief Steve Goble who retired last year.

Shawn White joined the City of Henderson Fire Department way back in 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic, and he was promoted to captain and battalion chief, then he was selected as the deputy fire chief dating back in 2014. White has been instrumental in starting the department’s Officer Development School and has a passion for training and mentoring newbie firefighters into leadership roles, according to a press release statement from the City of Henderson.

Shawn White played a pivotal role in starting the Henderson Fire Department’s Officer Development School. The Henderson’s new Fire Chief holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the Columbia Southern University.

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