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Assistant Fire Marshal
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King County Sheriff's Office is seeking a highly trusted advisor to lead its Fire Investigation Unit.  Currently we are on track to investigate over 400 fires this year, the unit maintains a closure rate over the national average. This unit has a strong foundation and is primed for a new leader to continue to expand upon existing successes.  

As the Assistant Fire Marshal you will be:    
  • Leading a team of highly skilled Fire Investigators 
  • Providing a coordinated fire safety program for the citizens of King County in conjunction with ATF and local fire districts 
  • Managing fire investigation services and relationships with the cities that contract with King County, in addition to serving unincorporated King County; facilitating increased contracts and scaling operations accordingly 
  • Strategically maintaining, reviewing and ensuring the accuracy of statistics; providing information in a manner that tells an effective story 

WORK SCHEDULE:  This position is not exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is overtime eligible with prior approval.  The regular work hours are 40 hours per week, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Positions require the ability to work irregular hours which may include evenings and weekends, in the outdoors under unfavorable weather and site conditions 
UNION AFFILIATION:  This position is represented by the Public Safety Employees Union (PSEU).
NOTE:  It is a hiring requirement that all staff employed by KCSO successfully pass a thorough background investigations process, which includes fingerprinting, criminal history check, reference checks, polygraph test, and other tests as deemed necessary.  You must Review the list of KCSO Automatic Disqualifiers and verify your qualification for employment with King County Sheriff's Office
General Time-frame:  The time frame and order of this recruitment is provided below.  Please note that dates are subject to change based on resource availability.
  • Oral Board Examination:  October
TO APPLY: Please carefully review the list of required materials before submitting your application.
  • King County application.  
  • Complete answers to all the supplemental questions  
  • Resume and cover letter 

King County Administration Bldg.
500 4th Ave. Rm. 553
Seattle, WA 98104

This position is a civil service position, for information regarding King County Civil Service Rules you can access these rules at Civil Service Rules
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Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
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Position: Assistant Fire Marshal
Organization: King County Sheriff's Office - Criminal Investigations Division
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: SALARY: $43.78 - $55.49 Hourly
Posting Start Date: 9/7/2021
Date Posted: 9/7/2021

To do this job well you will need to already have: 

  • Leadership responsibilities in a law enforcement and/ or fire department agency 
  • Expert knowledge in principles and techniques of fire and/or arson investigations; fire investigation principles, methodologies and techniques; principles of fire science and fire behavior; laws and legal ramifications of fire and criminal investigations; fire and building codes including a working knowledge of NFPA 921 and 1033 
  • Effective and influential skill in presenting to diverse audiences 
Additionally, you will need to already have or be able to quickly learn and apply: 

  • Skill in supervising in a union environment 
  • Contract management principles and techniques with high customer focus 
We highly encourage your application if you already meet these requirements: 

  • Candidate must hold a certificate from IFSAC, IAAI or NAFI as a Certified Fire Investigator within first year of employment 
  • Candidate must have a Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one within first 30 days of employment 
  • Candidate must successfully complete the approved Basic Law Enforcement Academy or state approved Reserve Academy within the first six (6) months of employment and/or from the next available Academy date if not already commissioned 
Status: This listing expires on: 9/26/2021
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King County Sheriff's Office - Criminal Investigations Division

Seattle,  WA 
United States
(206) 477-3404

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