Beaumont names fire chief

New Beaumont fire chief Earl White addressed City Council.

The city of Beaumont selected retired firefighter and Pct. 1 Constable Earl White as its new fire chief during a City Council meeting April 24. White was selected as the top choice out of more than 80 applicants.

White retired from Beaumont Fire-Rescue after 35 years of service to the community as a firefighter and arson investigator, and he then continued to serve Southeast Texas in another capacity. White took the oath of office as the Pct. 1 constable in March 2016 shortly after his win in the Democratic primary.

Along with a huge crowd of firefighters, local leaders and community residents, White’s wife and son were at City Hall to cheer him on as he accepted his new role.

White thanked his family, fellow firefighters, friends and supporters for the encouragement they have provided him over the years.

“I am humbled,” said White. “I wouldn’t be here if it had not been for a good foundation.”

Following the meeting, White told The Examiner he felt that he was called to public service and appreciated the community’s and council’s confidence in him.

“I am thankful for the absolute community support, and the fact that they respected me and thought enough of me to be chosen for the job,” White said. “I’m a public servant. That’s all I’ve ever been in my life. Being a public servant includes being the very best that you can be. It’s not for everybody, but it is my passion. Being a public servant, I make sure that I give my best every time that I have contact with the public and serve the public.”

The city has been looking for a new chief since former Chief Anne Huff’s announced her retirement in October 2017. Her retirement was effective Jan. 2.