Fire Chief - City of Gilroy, California

The vibrant, family-friendly City of Gilroy, with a population of over 55,000, is located approxiametly 25 miles south of San Jose. The city’s peaceful residential setting, award winning parks and recreational opportunities, excellent schools and easy access to the entire Bay Area has made Gilroy one of the most affordable and fastest growing communities in southern Santa Clara County. The Gilroy Fire Department currently operates 3 fire stations each staffed with 3 persons 24/7/365, and in 2018 responded to over 5,500 calls for service. The new Fire Chief must be willing to take the lead in implementing positive change with a staff that is looking forward to making the Department the best that it can be. The City desires that the new Fire Chief have a consultative type of management style and a leadership style that includes participative, situational, and transformational leadership. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Publc Administration, Business Administration, Fire Science, Fire Management or other related field of study required, Master’s degree highly desirable. Ten (10) years of paid work experience in the fire service including at least 5 (5) years of increasingly responsible experience at the Fire Command level that has included significant management/supervisory, operational and administrative responsibilities also required. California Fire Chief Officer Certification and/or completion of the National Fire Academy are highly desirable. Annual salary range is from $149,040 to $200,160 DOQ, PERS 2% at 55 pension plan for “classic” Fire Safety members and 2% at 57 for “new” Fire Safety members, with excellent benefits.

There are no internal candidates.

Open until filled.