The mayor says he will announce Pine Bluff's new fire chief on Friday.
The mayor says he will announce Pine Bluff’s new fire chief on Friday.
Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. said he will make the announcement at 11 a.m. Friday in council chambers at the civic complex. He reserved making any further comments, pending the announcement.
Two members of the Pine Bluff City Council Public Safety Committee identified the two finalists as Shauwn Howell and Scott Moore.
Both currently work for the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department. Howell is deputy fire chief and has served as interim fire chief since May, when former Fire Chief Dannie Smith stepped down to take a private-sector job in Texas.
Moore is a battalion chief.
Alderman Bill Brumett, a member of the Pine Bluff City Council Public Safety Committee, said he interviewed Howell and Moore on Wednesday and has turned in his evaluation to Redus. Committee Chairwoman Irene Holcomb said she had done the same. Alderman Wayne Easterly did not return a call for comment.
“Both of them are very qualified,” Brumett said. “It’s the mayor’s choice. Basically, what I told both of them was that whoever he picked, they are well qualified and I would support them.”
Holcomb said the final decision will be up to the mayor and that she appreciated him turning to the committee for input.
According to applications for the positions obtained by The Commercial in August through a Freedom of Information Act request:
* Howell is a graduate of Dollarway High School, has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Central Arkansas and an associate’s degree in fire science from Southeast Arkansas College. Howell has worked for the department for 12 years, serving as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, training director, public information officer, deputy fire chief and interim fire chief. Howell has been deputy fire chief since 2010. Howell has served in a supervision position with the department for six years. He worked part-time as an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy in Camden from 2007 to 2009.
* Moore is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, has an associate’s degree in fire science from SEARK and is pursuing a bachelor of applied science degree in emergency management administration from Arkansas Tech University. Moore has worked for the fire department for 27 years, serving as firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain, training captain and battalion chief, a position he has held for two years. Moore has served in a supervision position with the department for 24 years. Moore has worked as an adjunct instructor with SEARK and CSEPP and is a member of the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department. His application includes a letter of recommendation from Simmons First National Corp. Chairman and CEO J. Thomas May.
Nine people applied for the position, according to the results of the request and information from the city Human Resources Department.