Murrieta Hires New Fire Chief From Santa Monica Dept.

The City of Murrieta has announced the hiring of a new fire chief to replace Matt Shobert, who retired following a job-related injury suff...

The City of Murrieta has announced the hiring of a new fire chief to replace Matt Shobert, who retired following a job-related injury suffered last year.

Scott Ferguson, currently the fire chief for the Santa Monica Fire Department, will begin his new duties in Murrieta on May 18. He has served in that capacity since 2010. Prior to that, he served as the fire chief of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department; Deputy Chief of the Peoria, Az. Fire Department; and various positions in the Vancouver, Wash. Fire Department.

"Chief Ferguson has an outstanding background and his reputation among his peers is impeccable. He has exactly the right skill set to lead the Murrieta Fire Department as we move forward," said City Manager Rick Dudley.

Ferguson holds a Master’s degree in psychology and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer’s Program. He has served as an instructor at a variety of venues, including Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Executive Chief Officer Development, the Firehouse World Expo and the Arizona State Fire School, and was recently approved as an instructor for the National Fire Academy. He is very active in his community and was named the 2013 Rotarian of the Year.

Ferguson and his family plan to relocate to Murrieta.

Shobert (left), who served as Murrieta's fire chief for four years, was seriously injured July 2, 2014 when he was struck in the face by a rock thrown by a machine during a brush-clearing operation. He has undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries and announced his retirement in December.



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