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New fire chief named in Santa Monica

February 22, 2010 |  2:08 pm

Manhattan Beach Fire Chief Scott Ferguson, 48, has been named the new chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department, authorities said Monday.

Ferguson succeeds Jim Hone, who retired this month, said Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould. The appointment follows a nationwide search that attracted more than 67 candidates and interviews with 20 finalists over the last month, Gould said.

Ferguson will be introduced to the public at a March 9 City Council meeting and will assume his new post  March 29. Before heading up the Manhattan Beach department, Ferguson served fire departments in Vancouver, Wash., from 1988 to 2002; and in Peoria, Ariz,, from 2002 to 2007.

"The experience I've gained throughout my career has prepared me for this new challenge," Ferguson said in a statement.

Ferguson received a master's degree in management from Wayland Baptist University in Phoenix. He and his wife, Maria, have two grown children.

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