City of Statesville, NC

The City of Statesville, North Carolina, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, seeks an outstanding teambuilding leader to be their next Fire Chief.  The successful candidate has served in multiple fire service functions and roles with a track record of role modeling a passion for their work, and advocacy for best practices in staff recruitment and retention, as well as acquisition and access to equipment, technology and training. Reporting to the City Manager, the Fire Chief will lead the Statesville Fire Department (SFD) which consists of 83 FTE staff. There are two divisions. The Division of Fire Services and the Division of Fire & and Life.  Community outreach includes a school fire safety program that reaches over 1500 4th graders per year, a Fire Chief of the Day program, and fire fighters available to assist with selection and placement of smoke and detectors and may in some cases provide detectors and battery replacements, especially to the elderly, disabled persons or persons with other special needs.   The Chief will supervise a $6.9M budget and four fire stations.  The SFD responded to 4100  calls in 2019. Apparatus include 8 engines, 1 ladder truck, one HazMat truck and on Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) truck.  The SFD serves the City, engages in mutual aid agreements to ensure adequate resource and response needs are met and carries an ISO rating of 2 for residential and commercial properties.  The City seeks a fire safety leader with a minimum of 5 years at the Battalion Chief Rank or higher and progressive fire safety experience with a minimum of 5 years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience including fire suppression, prevention, and administrative work; a BA/BS degree required. The salary range is $78,281 to $129,163, depending on qualifications and experience.  Generous City benefits are offered including a generous 401K match.      To apply, please go to, and click on the Fire Chief – Statesville link on the home page. All fully completed applications (e.g. all ranks and time in rank) must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume but resumes and cover letters addressed to the City Manager should be uploaded with the application.  Application review begins February 22, 2020.  Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Statesville, NC on March 24-25, 2020. All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]   EOE.

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