Shawn White Selected as New Henderson Fire Chief
Deputy Fire Chief Shawn White has been selected to serve as the eleventh City of Henderson fire chief. White replaces Fire Chief Matthew Morris, who accepted an out of state position as a fire chief after 21 years with the Henderson Fire Department.
“Chief White has the experience and skills that we need at the helm of the Henderson Fire Department and he knows our community firsthand,” said Bob Murnane. “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.”
Chief White had previously been a finalist for the position of fire chief during the last selection process to fill the position following the departure of then chief Steve Goble, who retired in January 2016.
The Chief began his career in the fire service in 1989 with the Albuquerque Fire Department, where he reached the rank of lieutenant. He joined the Henderson Fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic, and was promoted to captain and battalion chief before being named deputy fire chief in 2014.
White was instrumental in starting the Henderson Fire Department’s Officer Development School and has a passion for training and mentoring firefighters into leadership roles. He holds a Bachelor of Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.