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Fire Chief

Anacortes Fire Department

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The Position

The Fire Chief directs the overall operations in an all-hazard organization delivering essential emergency and non-emergency services to the community and greater area to include fire suppression, fire education and prevention, special operations, and EMS services.  The Chief is tasked with establishing high levels of trust and credibility through a style of collaboration and teamwork while reflecting decisive leadership when required.

Serving as a member of the City’s senior management team, collaborates with the Mayor and other City departments on strategy and policy. Work involves significant community engagement and public involvement with the Mayor, elected officials, other policy makers and citizens. 

The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated organizational development and interpersonal relationship skills necessary to support a fire department and build collaborative, strategic partnerships with staff and the community. 

Personal Characteristics

« Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; influences others to translate vision into action.

« Builds the organization by developing or improving products or services; takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

« Explains, advocates, and expresses facts and ideas in a convincing manner. Effectively negotiates with individuals and groups internally and externally.

« Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

« Is a problem solver and consensus builder who values team work and excellent customer service.

« Has the ability to develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with staff, elected officials, other districts and the community.



« Knowledge of federal, state, and city rules and
regulations governing firefighting functions and emergency medical services.

« Strong knowledge of fire services including
suppression, prevention, training, emergency
management, and ALS.

« Principles and practices of general business
management, including fiscal and budget

« Experience working with combination career and volunteer departments is preferred

« Knowledge of and experience with the collective bargaining process, labor negotiations, and civil service rules.



 « Motivating, directing, and supervising personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

« Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, City officials, community leaders, professional peers, and the public.

« Ability to develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services for the city and surrounding areas.

« Problem analysis and decision-making.

« Strategic planning, organizing, and time management.

« Verbal and written communication, with the ability to present ideas effectively.

« Overseeing and directing the Fire Department’s day-to-day operations.

« Developing and administering budgets and monitoring expenditures.

« Communicating effectively. 


Training & Experience

« BS from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Fire Science, public administration, or a closely related field.

« Eight years of progressively responsible fire and EMS services including suppression, prevention, training, emergency management, and advanced life support. 

« Completion of a National Fire Academy Executive Officer program is highly desirable.

« Budget preparation and labor relations experience preferred.


Salary Range: $105,000-$120,000. Employees typically begin at the lower end of the range.

Retirement: Chief is a member of the WA State Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF).  Employees have the option of contributing to deferred compensation plans.

Medical Benefits: The City offers comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits for the employee and dependents. The City benefit package also includes short term and long term disability packages, an Employee Assistance Program, Section 125 Flexible Spending Plans, and discounts to local gyms.

Employees accrue 12 days of sick leave each year.

Vacation and Holidays: Employees accrue 12 vacation days per year.  Accrual increases with years of service. The City also provides 13 paid holidays per year.

Duty Vehicle: Provided to maintain a state of readiness to enable Chief to provide emergency responses 24/7.  While on stand-by/duty status vehicle may be used for incidental personal trips and business.   

Life Insurance: $10,000


Application & Selection Process

Closing Date: Friday August 10, 2018 at noon

Candidates are required to submit a City of Anacortes employment application, cover letter, resume, and supplemental essay responses.

In order to get additional insights into your experience, please answer the following questions.  Limit your responses to no more than a single page per question.

1. What programs and services do you believe are essential in creating sustainable and innovative fire and EMS service in the 21st Century? What challenges will stand in the way of success?

2. Describe your experience in managing organizational change. Describe a successful transition experience – what made it successful? What do you find most challenging in times of transition, and how do you overcome those challenges?


Notification, Selection, & Interview

Candidates submitting a complete application package will be notified regarding their status in the recruitment process. If the selected candidate lives a considerable distance from Washington, the City may consider providing relocation assistance.  Candidates selected to be interviewed will be contacted by August 16, 2018. 



Interviews are scheduled to occur on Thursday
August 23, 2018.  Finalists may be asked to attend a second interview on Friday August 24, 2018.


The City of Anacortes is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  904 6th Street

PO Box 547

Anacortes, WA  98221

Phone: 360.299.1941 Fax: 360.299.1982







Posted: Jul 10, 2018,
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