McKinney is regional Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year

EASTON — Shayne McKinney has been selected Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year for the Upper Eastern Regional Office, which comprises Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Talbot counties.

McKinney was nominated by his supervisor and regional commander, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Caryn McMahon.

He will join other deputy state fire marshals chosen throughout the state for the 2023 James C. Robertson Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year Award.

After retiring from the Easton Police Department in 2018, McKinney was hired by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and assigned to the Upper Eastern Regional Office.

“Known for his integrity, fairness, and commitment to service, Deputy McKinney has proven himself an invaluable asset within the agency and the broader community,” a news release states.

With a background in law enforcement investigation, McKinney has excelled in arson investigations, handling more than 30% of regional cases in 2023 alone.

His efforts resulted in 27 investigations, 79 fire safety inspections and oversight of 14 firework displays throughout the year, according to the news release.

Notably, McKinney spearheaded three-quarters of the region’s criminal investigations, leading to seven arrests and two juvenile referrals, with a “commendable” case closure rate of 38%, McMahon said in her nomination letter.

Continuing his dedication to community safety, McKinney actively participated in Community Risk Reduction initiatives by distributing smoke alarms to those in need.

An advocate for continuing education, he invested more than 80 hours in fire investigation and law enforcement education in 2023.

“Beyond his investigative prowess, McKinney’s commitment to the agency’s mission is evident in his collaborative spirit and willingness to assist colleagues. He played a crucial role in developing the agency’s body-worn camera policy, reflecting his proactive approach to enhancing operational effectiveness,” the news release states.

McMahon said, “Deputy McKinney’s professionalism and dedication have earned him respect within the agency and across the fire and police communities in the Upper Eastern Region.”

She noted McKinney’s “significant contributions and unwavering commitment to fire safety and law enforcement.”

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