The new chief and director, whether it be acting chief Roy Acree, another person from the department, or an external hire, will be responsible for 76 certified firefighters covering a population of some 51,000 residents and a yearly operating budget of some $4.8 million, according to the job description on the city's website.
Candidates must have a history of outside-the-box thinking, be committed to training, and be prepared to be the face of the department during public events.
Further requirements include:
• Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Fire Science, Fire Administration or other closely related field from an accredited college or university; • Minimum six (6) years previous experience and/or training that includes progressively responsible fire administration, command level management supervision, and all aspects of fire services; • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered. • Must possess and maintain valid NPQ Fire Officer IV certification. Provision of basic/advanced emergency medical care requires possession of valid First Aid, CPR, Emergency Medical Technician, or Paramedic certification as appropriate for level of care provided. • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with appropriate endorsement.
Candidates must also be prepared to submit to a criminal and credit background checks, a medical exam, and a drug test.
If you are interested in applying for this position, you must begin the process by submitting your resume and a cover letter through the city's website. The deadline to apply is Oct. 11 at 5:00 p.m.