After 25 years with the El Centro Fire Department, Fire Marshal Linual White will be taking the job of fire chief in Lompoc to live out a longtime dream of following in his father's footsteps as a fire chief.
White, 46, a second-generation firefighter, will be starting his new job June 29. His last day working in El Centro will be June 28.
"I'm very excited because it's an opportunity to share my experience and opportunities with that community," said White.
"Because my dad retired as a chief, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and assume that leadership position," said White.
He was offered the position in May by Lompoc City Manager Frank L. Priore after Priore toured El Centro and spoke to city administrators. White said he previously received an invitation to apply for the job in the mail and did so.