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Fire Chief

Fire Chief

Gilbert, AZ, USA

Gilbert, AZ, USA

Town of Gilbert

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


Lead Recruiter

Gilbert, Arizona offers a career capstone opportunity to innovative fire service leaders who are looking to make a lasting impact in an engaged, active community and organization. Given the extremely high level of community support in Gilbert for its Fire and Rescue Department, the next Fire Chief will have an opportunity to create a unique public safety dynamic that will continue Gilbert on its path of civic excellence.

What sets Gilbert apart is a combination of a sense of community, a unique and enjoyable environment for residents and businesses and a commitment to innovation. Gilbert is a diverse community that celebrates its rich heritage and character and is focused on creating a bright future for everyone. All in Gilbert play a role in the design of tomorrow.  In Gilbert, they are shaping a new tomorrow, today.

The Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department has a current budget of approximately $42 million in support of 273 allocated FTE’s (198 sworn and 75 professional staff members) spread across 11 fire stations. The Fire Chief has ultimate responsibility for the vision, direction, and service philosophy of the Department. The Department’s structure consists of two Assistant Fire Chiefs, one overseeing the Community and Support Services Division and the other overseeing the Operations Division. Each division has two Deputy Chiefs, along with managers and supervisors to assist in effectively managing the service areas.

The Fire Chief is responsible for visionary thinking and establishing a strategic direction to lead the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department in providing safety and security to the residents of Gilbert.  Critical to the organization, the Fire Chief has long-term, organization-wide impact with responsibilities that often cross multiple functional areas within the organization. The Fire chief develops and implements programs and is responsible for program outcomes. The Fire Chief has oversight of significant resources, as well as supervises staff including hiring, performance evaluations, coordinating training, employee relations and termination procedures. The Fire Chief serves at-will and at the pleasure of the Town Manager.

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be a Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university, plus seven (7) years of experience related to area of assignment, including five (5) years of leadership experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.  In addition, advanced fire leadership certifications such as Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and similar high-level certifications are highly desirable.

The salary range for the Fire Chief is $134,000 - $214,000, with placement in the range dependent on qualifications. In addition, Gilbert offers an excellent executive benefit package including Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), deferred compensation (457(b), 401(a)), relocation assistance, medical/dental/vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, and tuition reimbursement. Refer to the position brochure for a detailed list of additional benefits.

This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality until such time as finalists have been identified. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates may view the detailed candidate profile  on this page and may apply below.

A preliminary closing date has been set for April 11, 2022.

Gilbert provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.  In addition to federal law requirements, the Town complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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