Fire Chief

City of Palm Springs

JOB TITLE: Fire Chief
AGENCY: City of Palm Springs
LOCATION: Palm Springs, CA
FILING DEADLINE:  December 30, 2022
SALARY RANGE: $193,644 - $259,860 Annually


Reporting to the City Manager, the Fire Chief plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Fire Department, including the community fire protection system, fire suppression, prevention, emergency operations, and emergency medical response. In addition, this position coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. The Palm Springs Fire Department currently has five fire stations that protect 96 square miles with an overall staff of 90 FTEs. Palm Springs Firefighter’s responded to 12,032 calls for service in 2021.

Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities including the community fire protection system, fire suppression, prevention, and emergency medical response; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area.
  • Assess and forecast workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  • Direct disaster preparedness and other fire protection programs to minimize the loss of life and property within the community.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies and ensure high performance.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and responsibly administer the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Represent the Fire Department to other departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Provide assistance to the City Manager and other stakeholders; participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire safety.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

The ideal candidate will be an ethical, innovative, and personable leader and effective communicator with excellent managerial skills, a strong customer-service orientation, and a proven track record in creating a positive, cohesive, and productive work culture. This position requires an engaging and forward-thinking individual with the ability to facilitate positive change, work effectively with staff, executive leadership, and elected officials; and have a willingness to collaborate with other department heads, business leaders, and labor associations and to provide employee training and growth opportunities. Successful candidates will possess a proven history of inspiring an inclusive, team-oriented working environment based on effective communication, efficiency, and accountability. The ideal candidate will be a creative professional with the highest moral character and integrity, with a desire to interact with staff, welcome new ideas, and build a strong connection with the community. The ability to use good judgement in assessing, auditing, and ensuring departmental best practices, processes, and procedures including leave, contracts, purchasing, and emergency services management is ideal.

Key attributes and characteristics:
  • A solid, ethical leader and role model with a positive presence; demonstrated initiative; action-oriented; exercises wisdom in judgment; and makes good, consistent decisions.
  • An active problem solver who anticipates and responds to problems in a timely manner, develops alternative solutions, and can bring timely resolution to issues, involving others as needed.
  • Politically sensitive with the ability to write concise staff and other reports for presentation in oral or written format to city council or other elected bodies.
  • Team-oriented with a track record of providing outstanding service to internal and external customers.
  • Strong administrative acumen, with the ability to carefully evaluate and improve the Department’s efficiency, effectiveness, and practices.
  • A relationship builder who cultivates and provides positive and personal leadership, and creates productive partnerships with staff, management, organized labor, external agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Able to wisely, effectively, and sensitively address personnel issues including performance evaluations, discipline, grievances, interpretation of personnel policies and procedures, labor contracts, and related matters.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:  

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to:

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of past organization(s).

For additional information, please contact:
Frank Rojas at: (510) 495-0448

The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer, and we encourage all persons to file applications. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status.