Fire Chief

City of Gilroy, CA
Until Filled

Fire Chief
City of Gilroy, CA
The vibrant, family-friendly City of Gilroy, with a population of over 55,000, is located approximately 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.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public 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 $153,516 to $206,160 DOQE (with an additional 3% increase already approved for July 1, 2020), PERS 2% at 55 pension plan for “classic” Fire Safety members and 2% at 57 for “new” Fire Safety members, and excellent benefits.
This opportunity is open until filled.  Resumes will be reviewed when submitted and interviews may be scheduled at any time.  Please apply as soon as possible.
Call Phil McKenney at (866) 912-1919 or direct to (916) 616-9173 for more information or to request a detailed brochure that describes this tremendous opportunity in greater detail.  Resumes will be acknowledged within two business days.
The brochure is also available on our web site at


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