Hometown smoke-eater to be new chief

Hattiesburg firefighter David Webster, a 20-year veteran of the department, will officially begin as fire chief December 11. The Hattiesburg City Council confirmed his appointment Tuesday night.

Webster says he thinks he will have an advantage from moving up the ranks.

"When you promote from within, you already know a lot of the city workings, you know the department," he says. "I think it's gonna be a good thing."