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The Shawnee News-Star
  • City of Shawnee names new fire chief

  • Shawnee City Manager Brian McDougal on Tuesday announced that David Short, a longtime Shawnee firefighter and battalion chief, has been named chief of the Shawnee Fire Department.

    Short, with nearly 24 years of service to the city of Shawnee, was selected following a four-month national search for a fire chief.


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  • Shawnee City Manager Brian McDougal on Tuesday announced that David Short, a longtime Shawnee firefighter and battalion chief, has been named chief of the Shawnee Fire Department.
    Short, with nearly 24 years of service to the city of Shawnee, was selected following a four-month national search for a fire chief.
    “David has the combination of experience, education, determination and interpersonal skills to lead the Shawnee Fire Department into the 21st Century,” McDougal said. “His dedication, willingness to excel and 24 years of service to the citizens of this great city have prepared him very well for the position. We look forward to working with him as he will be an excellent addition to the city’s management team.”
    Short, who has held every operational rank during his career at Shawnee, has served as one of the department’s three battalion chiefs since 2008. He began receiving congratulations Tuesday as word of the chief announcement spread.
    “It is an exciting time to have the opportunity to lead a dynamic organization such as the Shawnee Fire Department,” Short said, adding that his experiences through the years have culminated with this opportunity.
    “I’ve had good leaders help prepare me for this day one way or another,” Short said.
    And while he never really had specific plans on becoming chief when the opportunity presented itself, the situation reminded Short of his first interview before being hired as a firefighter at the beginning of his career. He was asked about his goals, and nervously pointed to one of the men wearing a white shirt, who also happened to be the chief, and said, “I want his job.”
    His answer evoked a laugh among the panel and eased tensions of that interview, he said, with him telling the panel he was willing to wait a few years. Now, 24 years later, he’s the fire chief who will be interviewing candidates seeking firefighter positions with the city.
    “I look forward to the future as this department strives to be a great organization serving a great city,” Short said. “The citizens of Shawnee should be proud — they have an outstanding fire department.”
    Chief Short was among 40 applicants for the job. He and seven other finalists participated in a detailed interview process, including panel interviews with three outside fire chiefs from other departments in Oklahoma. Midwest City Fire Chief Randy Olson, Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant and Ponca City Fire Chief Butch Herring were on that panel with city staff, with Short being the group’s “unanimous” choice, McDougal said.
    When former Fire Chief Jimmy Gibson retired in late December, Deputy Chief Dru Tischer was named to serve as interim chief of the department.
    McDougal complimented Tischer’s ability to manage the department over the past several months, which allowed time for the process of choosing a new chief.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Dru’s calm and consistent leadership allowed us to undertake a thorough interview process because we knew Dru was in charge,” McDougal said. “We look forward to Dru’s continued service as he reassumes his position as assistant fire chief.”  
    With Short at the helm, McDougal said he has no worries about the department and Short said he is excited to get started in his new role as chief.
    “Chief Gibson did an outstanding job,” Short said, adding he wants to support some of the programs Gibson started while also starting new things as the department evolves and grows.
    Short holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University.
    A formal swearing in ceremony will be planned for Short at a later date.
     

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