City of South Pasadena
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Fire Chief
South Pasadena Fire Department
City of South Pasadena, California
Annual Salary: $163,236 - $218,760 DOE/DOQ
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The City of South Pasadena is seeking a dynamic and community-focused individual to serve as their next Fire Chief! This role requires a leader who is approachable, personable, and enthusiastic about engaging with the local community, fostering relationships with civic groups, and working closely with City officials. The ideal candidate will lead the Fire Department through a period of significant growth, assessing the need for potential expansion beyond the current single-station system. With a budget of $7.5 million and oversight of 22 staff members, the Fire Chief will also evaluate and evolve operational agreements with neighboring cities to ensure the highest level of service. This charismatic leader must possess a strong technical understanding of fire operations, particularly in small, highly engaged communities, and demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will be a true public figure, respected by the council, fire associations, and the executive team, and will be committed to longevity in their dedicated service to the City of South Pasadena. Make a significant impact by ensuring the highest standards of safety, emergency response, and fire prevention – apply today!



The ideal candidate will be a motivated and visionary leader with a deep understanding of both the operational and administrative aspects of fire service. This candidate will be technically strong with comprehensive expertise in modern firefighting methods, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and departmental administration. The ability to conduct thorough research, prepare clear and concise reports, and perform complex procedural and statistical analyses is essential. The ideal Fire Chief will have a proven track record of strategic vision and operational excellence.