Fire Chief

City of Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara, CA


City of Santa Barbara, California

Fire Chief


The City of Santa Barbara (Pop. 92,000) is seeking an experienced Fire Chief to provide exceptional leadership and support for an outstanding fire service organization and community. The Santa Barbara Fire Department is a dynamic, professional customer service-centric organization. This forward-thinking leader will collaboratively engage the Department workforce and community to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic vision that not only charts the course for the future of Santa Barbara, but also ensures high level public safety services are delivered on a daily basis. The Chief is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive employee and labor relations climate, and for the proper and efficient use of both human and financial resources. The Department serves as an all-risk emergency response agency for approximately 92,000 residents in a 21 square mile area. It currently operates with a budget of almost $30 million and employs 110 professionally trained staff members who operate out of eight stations, including the Airport. A Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in public administration, business administration, or a related field is required. An advanced degree is a plus combined with a track record of success. This position requires significant and progressively responsible executive fire command experience in a comparable or larger fire department including ten or more years of experience in fire suppression, fire services, fire administration and fire management, including five or more of these years in a supervisory or management capacity and state certification as Chief Fire Officer.  The current salary range is $179,371.40 to $218,027.42, plus a comprehensive benefits package including CalPERS. Interested candidates should submit a compelling cover letter, resume, and six work related references to Apply by Monday, January 25, 2021. Confidential inquiries welcomed to P. Lamont Ewell at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at

                                                          Santa Barbara Fire Chief Brochure

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