Central Pierce Fire and Rescue

The Position

The Fire Chief plans, organizes, and directs the operations and manages the administrative business affairs of Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, providing oversight and operational direction to achieve District goals, objectives, and strategic direction. The Chief routinely prioritizes projects and initiatives, provides updates, and properly communicates on department projects, initiatives, and activities. In addition, the Fire Chief evaluates operational effectiveness and implements process improvements where appropriate.

The Fire Chief directly supervises two Deputy Chiefs, the Human Resources Director, and the Finance Director. Through the chain of command, the Chief establishes appropriate staffing levels and is responsible for the general direction, supervision, and evaluation of all personnel. The Fire Chief cultivates positive labor relations and effectively oversees various labor contracts and employment agreements. The Chief fosters positive employee relationships and exhibits a strong commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure effective operation as a progressive work team.

The new Fire Chief is grounded in the Fire District’s mission, vision, and values. The Chief leads by example, is committed to excellence, and effectively advocates for Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, its personnel, and the community, at all times. The successful candidate is a confident yet humble leader with a proven ability to prioritize and get things done. Importantly, the Fire Chief brings a stable and consistent presence and provides a clear vision for the Fire District.

With a systems approach, the Fire Chief is a strategic thinker with a clear understanding of business processes. The successful candidate has a progressive mindset and embraces modern views regarding Fire and Emergency Services. The Chief enjoys the challenges associated with growth and is energized by analyzing and defining new opportunities. The ideal candidate values continuous improvement and effectively facilitates and positively leads others through change. The Fire Chief has a strong history of developing effective relationships with elected officials and effortlessly partners with the Board of Commissioners, providing sound advice and guidance regarding the Fire District.

The Fire Chief is an active member of the community and enjoys engaging with the public. The successful candidate effectively communicates the value of the Fire District and promotes transparency with the community. The ideal candidate encourages community involvement, embraces outreach, and supports efforts to engage in community education and fire prevention programs. The Fire Chief is a calming influence that sets clear expectations and maintains a visible presence, stays connected, and enjoys working side-by-side with all District members.


At least ten (10) years of experience in progressively responsible positions within complex fire service organizations, with at least three (3) years at a senior management level (chief officer or higher). Successful and demonstrated experience in managing a like-sized organization is required. Experience in developing and working with fire department budgets is necessary. Knowledge of modern fire suppression, prevention, and emergency medical services, principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment is essential.

Successful and demonstrated experience in labor management with considerable background in labor relations and labor law is crucial. Experience in the development of employees and supporting a strong culture and work environment is required. Demonstrated experience in maintaining confidentiality and the highest ethical behavior for self and others is essential.

A Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or related field is ideal with a Master’s degree desired. Any combination of relevant education, skills, experience, and training that demonstrates the ability to perform and provides for the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work may be considered.

Compensation and Benefits

The approved salary for the Fire Chief is $212,472. Central Pierce Fire and Rescue provides excellent benefits, including Medical, Dental, and Vision; Vacation and Sick Leave; Holidays; HRA/VEBA and Flex Spending; Pension and Deferred Compensation; Longevity Pay; Basic Life Insurance and optional additional Life Insurance and/or Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance. The total compensation package is flexible and at the discretion of the Board of Commissioners.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at https://bit.ly/3dn5UHT. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply no later than July 31, 2021.

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