Fire Chief – Santa Barbara, CA

Client: City of Santa Barbara, California
Position: Fire Chief
Closing Date: Closed

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The City of Santa Barbara (Pop. 92,000) is situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the City has been promoted as the “American Riviera.” The position of Fire Chief is an at-will appointment and serves at the pleasure of the City Administrator. The City’s has 1,036 full-time employees and a total operating budget of $407 million. The Fire Department serves as an all-risk emergency response agency in a 21 square mile area and currently operates with a budget of $28 million and employs 96 professionally trained staff members who operate out of 8 stations, including the Airport. The newly selected Fire Chief will assume command of a department with a commitment to providing excellent service. In addition to providing oversight and leadership for the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the Department, he/she will serve as the top technical advisor to the City on disaster management, and EMS issues. The Chief is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive employee and labor relations climate, and for the proper and efficient use of both human and financial resources. The position requires someone who is fiscally prudent, politically astute, and has a comfort with and desire for interacting with elected officials, local and regional government entities, business leaders, residents, and diverse stakeholders. A Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in public administration, business administration, or a related field is required. However, a combination of education and experience will be considered at the sole discretion of the City. An advanced degree is a plus combined with significant and progressively responsible executive fire command experience in a comparable or larger fire department. The current salary range is $176,459 to $214,488, plus a comprehensive benefits package including CalPERS.