Fire Chief

City of Chico

Location: Chico, CA

The City of Chico, population 93,383, is situated in beautiful Northern California, and is the largest city north of Sacramento. With an average of 172 sunny days a year, Chico provides quick access to hiking, skiing, boating, hunting and fishing in the foothills.  The City offers a unique quality of life and values its rich culture and young spirit.  Chico is known as a well-managed city that values its passionate community voices, strategic delivery of essential services, while maintaining its very special sense of community. Chico is a magnet to individuals seeking an environment where you can live and work while enjoying unparalleled access to outdoor recreation and the social spirit of an involved community. 

Chico’s Fire Chief will benefit from the positive working relationship with a strong and dedicated team within the fire ranks. The City Manager has worked very well with past Chiefs, and anticipates a mutually respectful relationship with the new Chief. As with most local government entities, Chico has aggressively reduced operating costs during the past several years. The ongoing challenges of reducing costs while providing community safety and delivering quality city services remain the key priority for the new Fire Chief. The Chief must take a strategic look in prioritizing core fire services and initiate the difficult business and operational discussions related to providing public safety and necessary services with a lean staffing model, while incorporating considerations from a recently completed Standards of Coverage analysis. The new Fire Chief will be expected to facilitate a team oriented and collaborative work environment focused on the betterment of the entire city operation and the community. 

The required background includes at least 10 years of increasingly responsible paid, full time experience, preferably in all major program areas including administration, suppression, prevention and training. Three or more years at the Chief Officer level and a Bachelor’s degree supplemented by broad and extensive course work in fire science, suppression, prevention and administration is required. Additional requirements include a current First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification per CCR 1791.182 and certification as a Hazardous Materials First Responder-Operational. The previous Chief earned a base salary of $150,000, however the salary is negotiable DOQ.  To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume, salary history and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by October 27, 2017. 

Paul Kimura or Bill Lopez
Avery Associates
3½ N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A
Los Gatos, CA 95030

See Attached: Job Brochure

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