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The Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, seeks a Fire Chief who is a visionary and innovative leader with a demonstrated history of building morale within the department, as well as a being a skilled collaborator and advocate with local government and community. The position is open due to retirement. Reporting to the Town Manager, the Fire Chief will lead a 124 year old fire department with distinctive Carolina blue and white fire trucks that signify the close “town and gown” relationship with neighboring UNC.    The Chief will supervise a $9.6M budget, 96 budgeted personnel who work in operations (79, life safety (8), Training and Safety (3), Emergency Management (2) and administration (4) along with five stations and a training center. CHFD carries an ISO rating of 2. Handling about 5,000 incidents per year, the department has five engine companies, one truck company, one specialized squad and a Battalion Chief on 24 hour, 3/4 schedule.    The Department is responsible for providing fire protection  on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and UNC Hospitals complex in Chapel Hill. The Department also provides technical rescue response for UNC and the local water and sewer authority.  More information about the Town and Department can be found at Qualifications:   The Town seeks a fire safety leader with a minimum of 10 years progressive fire safety experience and 5-7 years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience including fire suppression, prevention, EMS and administrative work at rank of Battalion Chief or higher. A Bachelor’s degree is not required but is preferred as is a master’s degree.  NFA certification is preferred.  Salary and Benefits:  The pay band is $99,069-$129,781.  Base salary and compensation are negotiable within the band based on experience and qualifications.  The Town offers a generous benefits package. More details about benefits can be found at To apply, please go to, and click on the Fire Chief – Chapel Hill link on the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume.  Application review begins October 5, 2019.  Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Chapel Hill on November 12-13, 2019.   All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]   EOE. Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

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