Russellville’s new fire chief reported for duty Thursday, May 22 at 7 a.m. Shawn Ross of Owensboro will be taking over for retiring chief Billy Poole who has 15 years of service with the department. Ross has lengthy and impressive credentials, as well as a passion for continuing the growth of the Russellville Fire Department. Ross is coming from the Owensboro Fire Department where he has served for the past five years.
Ross, who is the brother of Logan County Attorney Joe Ross, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Public Health. After Sept 11, 2001, Ross joined the United States Army serving several years during the invasion and stabilization of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ross was a Staff Sergent with the Infantry 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell. He was also a team and squad leader who lead soldiers on hundreds of combat missions on the front lines.
Along with being a member of the Owensboro Fire Department, Ross is a certified EMT, a Live Burn Instructor, a Fire Fighter 1 and 2, along with many other accomplishments. He holds many certificates from the National Fire Academy including Leadership 1 and 2 and Instinct Command System. In 2013, Ross received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University graduating with a 4.0.
The City of Russellville welcomes chief Ross and his family.