SFD Deputy Chief tapped to lead Superstition Fire and Medical

John Whitney takes diverse 25-year career to Fire Chief post

This May, Deputy Chief John Whitney leaves Scottsdale, where he has spent most of his 25-year career, to lead the Superstition Fire and Medical District in Apache Junction.

“While it is sad to see him go, I know Chief Whitney will be outstanding in this new position,” says Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “He is intelligent, thoughtful and innovative.  He is an excellent choice as fire chief.”

Chief Whitney started his career in 1996 with the US Forest Service and Rural/Metro. He joined SFD as a Captain in 2005 and was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2011. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013.

He holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Biology & Political Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Emergency Management from Arizona State University. Chief Whitney was awarded a scholarship from the International Association of Fire Fighters and attended the Harvard University Trade Union Program in Cambridge.  He also completed the Certified Public Manager Program at Arizona State University.  Most recently, he completed the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s program at the Naval Postgraduate School.    

“The City of Scottsdale has provided me exceptional opportunities for which I will always be extremely grateful,” says Whitney, “and the relationships I have built along the way will always be close to my heart.”




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