Henderson fire chief serves as interim city manager
POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:14am
HENDERSON, TX — Rusty Chote is wearing not two, but three hats for the City of Henderson at the moment.
Chote, 46, is the fire chief, a position he’s held since 2008. He’s also been serving as the city’s emergency management coordinator and, on Sept. 5, he took on the position of interim city manager.
It’s a job he was handed when the previous city manager resigned after the City Council declined to renew his contract.
Chote will soon hand over his emergency management coordinator duties to Deputy Police Chief James Pearsall, but being both fire chief and city manager will keep him plenty busy, he said.
“Firefighting is something I’d wanted to do since I was a child; it’s where my heart is,” Chote said. “However, Henderson is my hometown and I’m happy to help serve its needs in any way I can.”
Deputy Chief Mark Jennings is handling much of the day-to-day operation of the fire department for now, while Chote concentrates on the larger picture of the demands facing the entire city.
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