Scott Ferguson, chief of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department who has worked more than 27 years in fire service, has been tapped as the new Santa Monica Fire Department chief.

Ferguson, who was appointed by new City Manager Rod Gould February 22nd, will succeed Chief Jim Hone, who retired earlier this month after 30 years of service. The new chief and his wife, Maria, will be introduced at the March 9th City Council meeting and he is scheduled to take the helm on March 29th.

The appointment follows a nationwide recruitment that involved more than 67 candidates and interviews with 20 finalists over the past month.

“Chief Scott Ferguson is a fast rising star in the fire profession. His references and all who interviewed him are most impressed with his skill, energy, leadership and integrity,” Gould said.

“His passion is training to ensure a solid foundation in fire tactics while employing innovation, collaboration and accountability in the departments he has managed. Scott will be the right person to lead the department.”

During his tenure as Manhattan Beach fire chief, he completed a strategic plan for the department, refined professional development for its members and forged relationships with regional stakeholders in emergency response and preparedness, Gould noted.

Prior to his service in Manhattan Beach, Ferguson was a chief officer of two growing agencies in Peoria, Arizona from 2002 to 2007 and in Vancouver, Washington from 1988 to 2002. As a fire officer, his duties included building fire stations, implementing succession planning and fire service best practices.

“The experience I’ve gained throughout my career has prepared me for this new challenge,” Ferguson said. “The Santa Monica Fire Department serves a dream community. I look forward to developing lasting partnerships to build on the strong foundation laid by Chief Hone so that together we can hold the community’s pride and resources well in hand.”

Ferguson began his career in fire service in 1982 as a part-time firefighter in Federal Way, Washington and he began working full time with the Richland Fire Department in 1984.

He received a master’s degree in management from Wayland Baptist University in Phoenix, Arizona. Ferguson and his wife have two grown children, Jordon, 24, and Brooklyn, 21.

As Santa Monica fire chief, Ferguson will receive a base salary of $198,168.