White was one of seven applicants interviewed for the position.
Among some of the other candidates were officers from the police department and a retired law enforcement officer from Monroe, La.
"I was ecstatic, I was ecstatic. There was tough competition and the civil service commission did their work. They put a lot of time and effort into their decision and it was a hard decision for them to make," said White.
White has been with the El Dorado Police Department for 22 years and will assume his new position on Feb. 1.