Located in Yolo County, twenty minutes from the state capitol and set between the coastal range to the west and towering Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, the City of Davis (population nearly 68,000) is a classic college town known for its desirable quality of life, excellent schools, a small-town atmosphere, and an emphasis on parks and open spaces. Davis is now seeking a creative, entrepreneurial, and seasoned leader to serve as its new Fire Chief. He or she will be an expansive and forward thinker, diplomatic and fair in dealings with others, and serve as a mentor to all staff. The ideal candidate will practice transparency and an open-door policy and have a successful track record of consensus building. A Chief that engages the community and understands and values the small-town culture of Davis will be ideal. Candidates must possess the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, public administration, business administration, political science, or a related field, and have eight (8) years of increasingly responsible command and supervisory experience in an organized paid fire department, including five (5) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility in fire protection programs. Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A Master’s degree in public or business administration and the possession of a California State Fire Marshall Fire Chief Certification are highly desired. Candidates must possess, or have the ability to obtain, an appropriate and valid California driver’s license. The annual salary range for this position is $134,832 – $163,884, DOQ.
Located in Yolo County, twenty minutes from the state capitol and set between the coastal range to the west and towering Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, the City of Davis (population nearly 68,000) is a classic college town known for its desirable quality of life, excellent schools, a small-town atmosphere, and an emphasis on parks and open spaces. Davis has been characterized by robust economic and population growth due in part to its residents who boast the highest level of education in the state.
The City is home to the University of California, Davis (UCD)—one of the country’s premier public research universities, ranked first in the world for Veterinary Medicine and first nationally in Agriculture. With a combined undergraduate and graduate student population of more than 36,000, UCD ranks third-largest in enrollment amongst the 10 campuses in the UC system. Founded in 1905, the University prizes academic excellence, the environment, sustainability, and has long since served as a microcosm of its host city with its progressive and innovative thinkers, change makers, and creative problem solvers.
Regarded as an environmentally aware and socially innovative community, Davis enjoys 31 parks and 453 acres of improved developed landscape, with more than 100 miles of bicycle paths and lanes and more bicycles per capita than any other city in the nation. The City’s active citizenry participates in local, national, and international political causes, sports, and community organizations.
Residents and visitors will find there is no shortage of opportunities for year-round leisure and recreational activities in Davis. The City is home to the Davis Farmers Market, a unique shopper’s experience held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Central Park. The Davis Farmers Market blends the traditional fresh fruits and vegetables sold by local farmers, with gourmet food, live entertainment, specialty products, and arts and crafts. Annual celebrations include the City of Davis Fourth of July celebration in Community Park, Davis Neighbor’s Night Out—a block party to celebrate the community and give neighborhoods the opportunity to increase familiarity and communication among neighbors, and Picnic Day—a family friendly event held by the University of California, Davis (UCD) that highlights the richness of diversity and achievement of UCD and the surrounding community in all areas of research, teaching, service, and campus life.
Davis also offers a myriad of cultural and entertainment attractions. The City is touted as a regional mecca for artists of many media and features a community-built Art Center, more than two dozen private and public galleries, and other displays of publicly owned art, many of which include the work of local artists.
As a university town, Davis has the advantages of a small town, coupled with the numerous intellectual, recreational, and cultural activities serving a wide variety of interests.
Incorporated in 1917, the City of Davis operates under the Council-Manager form of government with a five-member Council, elected at large by city residents. As a “general-purpose” city, Davis provides essential frontline municipal services through the collective efforts of 355 full-time equivalent employees. The City’s approved 2016-2017 All Funds budget is $210.7 million, with a General Fund balance of $62.1 million and Capital Budget of $62.4 million. The City’s projected General Fund Reserve balance is $8.0 million.
The City Manager serves as the administrative head of the city government overseeing the departments of Fire, Police, Parks and Community Services, Administrative Services, Community Development and Sustainability, and Public Works. A municipal corporation, Davis operates under the general laws of the State of California and endeavors to create a livable community with a high quality of life through land-use policies and service provision that balance the need for housing, jobs, open space, and essential services.
The Davis Fire Department was first established in 1917 after a series of devastating fires destroyed many buildings in town. Today, the Fire Department provides pre-hospital emergency medical services at the EMT-1D level; minimizes loss from fires, hazardous materials incidents, natural disasters, and other emergency services; and ensures that the community’s emergency service resources are effectively and efficiently managed. In addition, the Department coordinates citywide planning for large scale disasters and emergency incidents.
The Department operates three fire stations and is comprised of four Divisions that include Emergency Services Management, Operations, Training, and Fire Prevention. Services are provided by 40 shift personnel (divided into three, 24-hour shifts) and 2.40 support staff, and with a FY 2016-2017 budget of $10.6 million. Department apparatus consists of three engines, one rescue, one squad, two grass/wildland units, one water tender and two reserve engines, three command vehicles, two fire prevention staff vehicles, and two antique fire apparatus.
The Department has contractual agreements with the East Davis County Fire Protection District, the Spring Lake Fire Protection District, and No Man’s Land Fire Protection District for emergency response to these areas. The City and these three districts are divided into seven emergency first-response areas. These areas provide a clearly defined territory for dispatching the nearest fire and EMS personnel and equipment to an emergency. The Department also has an automatic aid agreement with the cities of Woodland, West Sacramento, and Dixon, and a mutual aid agreement with all other fire protection agencies in Yolo County and in the State of California.
The mission of the Davis Fire Department is to protect life, property, and the environment in its service area and deliver these services to the community through an efficient and effective use of its resources, while always providing the highest quality of customer service. The members of the Davis Fire Department are guided by the following principles:
- All employees are valued.
- Employees are encouraged to express opinions and offer suggestions and ideas.
- Employees are encouraged to express opinions and offer suggestions and ideas.
- All employees will provide the highest quality of customer service.
The Fire Chief reports directly to the City Manager. The Chief plans, directs, and reviews the activities and operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression, prevention, and support services; exercises direct supervision over sworn, technical, and clerical staff; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager; and performs related work as required.
The responsibilities and essential functions of the Fire Chief may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Directs and participates in the development and implementation of policies, goals, objectives, and priorities of the Department; directs, oversees, and participates in the development of the Department’s work plan.
- Plans, directs, coordinates, organizes, supervises, and evaluates the departmental operations of fire suppression and fire prevention; responds to major fire alarms and personally directs fire suppression activities as necessary.
- Coordinates and directs the provision of departmental support services of station and equipment maintenance and in-service training.
- Improves departmental efficiency and effectiveness.
- Analyzes problems, develops and evaluates alternative solutions, makes recommendations, implements approved course of action in the spirit with which it was approved.
- Directs and participates in the preparation of a variety of technical and departmental activity reports and records.
- Directs and participates in the preparation and administration of the departmental budget.
- Responds to the most difficult complaints and requests for information concerning department operations.
- Manages outside fire protection contracts.
- Recommends new ordinances related to fire protection.
- Coordinates and administers the Hazardous Materials Planning and Emergency Response program; manages the City’s emergency operations.
- Coordinates Fire Department activities and programs with other city departments and divisions and other government agencies.
- Selects, assigns, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff.
- Represents the Department to outside agencies and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary.
- Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees, outside agencies, and the public using principles of good customer service.
- Builds effective working relationships and works as a team with other city department heads.
- Coordinates public safety activities with the Police Chief.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- Develop strategic partnerships with representatives of the community, outside agencies, and other organizations.
- Advance citywide emergency preparedness and emergency management training and programs.
- Provide oversight and input on capital projects including the possible addition of a fourth fire station; identify opportunities for improvements and additions to modernize the department.
- Ensure standards of cover study is executed.
- Moving away from a shared management model, ensure smooth transition of shared resources and services between the City and the University.
- Appropriately plan, supervise, and allocate resources, to include staff and financial resources; identify opportunities for staff development and training.
The City of Davis is seeking a creative, entrepreneurial, and seasoned leader to serve as its new Fire Chief. He or she will be an expansive and forward thinker, diplomatic and fair in dealings with others, and serve as a mentor to all staff. The ideal candidate will practice transparency and an open-door policy and have a successful track record of consensus building. Candidates who will foster a collaborative working environment are highly desired. The City will benefit from a Chief that engages the community and understands and values the small-town culture of Davis.
In this highly visible role, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills will be essential to success. The incoming Fire Chief should take an active interest in the community and possess the ability to connect with people at all levels, gain the public’s trust, and form partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. A politically astute yet apolitical candidate who can demonstrate a successful background of positive interaction with bargaining units will be ideal.
The City is seeking a candidate with demonstrated experience presenting to the public, preparing reports and other written materials, and managing budgets. A candidate that has dealt successfully with recruitment and retention issues will also be valued.
Candidates for this position should have background and knowledge in the modern principles and practices of organization, administration, and budget; modern firefighting and rescue principles, practices, techniques, and procedures including the operation and maintenance requirements of various types of fire apparatus and equipment; modern fire prevention and investigation principles, practices, and procedures; modern hazardous material practices, principles; modern organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; rules, regulations, and operational procedures of the Fire Department and the Uniform Fire Code; modern standards of coverage practices; federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to fire suppression; principles of supervision and performance evaluation, first aid, CPR, and other basic medical assistance techniques; planning, directing, and coordinating fire suppression, and prevention activities.
Candidates must possess the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, public administration, business administration, political science, or a related field, and have eight (8) years of increasingly responsible command and supervisory experience in an organized paid fire department, including five (5) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility in fire protection programs. Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A Master’s degree in public or business administration and the possession of a California State Fire Marshall Fire Chief Certification are highly desired. Candidates must possess, or have the ability to obtain, an appropriate and valid California driver’s license.
The annual salary range for the incoming Fire Chief is $134,832 – $163,884; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:
Retirement The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) under a 3% @ 50 single highest year formula for Classic Members with safety employees paying 12% (9% employee contribution while picking up 3% employer contribution). PEPRA is per statute.
Health Insurance The City contracts with CalPERS and offers health insurance through PEHMCHA with a generous cafeteria plan benefit for medical and dental coverage. Employees have the option to purchase additional life insurance, vision, and other voluntary items. Employees who have other coverage and opt out of medical and dental may receive up to $500 per month in lieu of coverage.
Life Insurance City paid.
Long-Term Disability Insurance City paid.
Vacation Employees accrue 120 hours (15 days) per year upon appointment through the first 3 years.
Sick Leave 12 days of sick leave accrued per year.
Holiday Leave 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
Management Leave 80 hours (10 days) per year which can be accrued for use or cashed out at 50 or 100%.
Retiree Health Insurance Retiree coverage through CalPERS. City contributes towards premium based on Kaiser Bay Area rate. Eligibility for coverage based on 5 years City service, 10 years PERS service and subject to vesting schedule based on years of PERS service.
Uniform Allowance City provides a uniform allowance of $1,000 per year.
Other benefits 2.5% Fire Officer or Fire Marshall Certificate issued by the California State Fire Marshall; 2.5% Master’s Degree or Chief Officer Certificate.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Finalist interviews will be held with the City of Davis. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Fire Chief.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gary Phillips at: (916) 784-9080