The mayor has named Shauwn Howell the new chief of the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department.

The mayor has named Shauwn Howell the new chief of the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department.

Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. today announced Howell’s selection at a press conference.

Howell was the 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.

Howell was a finalist along with Scott Moore, a battalion chief.

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.