Effective May 18, Scott Ferguson will become the Murrieta Fire Chief. Chief Ferguson is currently the Fire Chief for the Santa Monica Fire Department, where he has served since 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Fire Chief of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department; Deputy Chief of the Peoria Fire Department in Arizona and various positions in the Vancouver Fire Department in Washington state. He 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 the 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. Chief Ferguson and his family plan to relocate to Murrieta.