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Fire Chief



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Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to manage, direct, and coordinate the operations of the Fire Department, to manage the city’s Emergency services operations, and to enforce federal, state, and local laws and codes related to public safety and welfare. This position reports directly to the City Manager.

Essential Functions                                                                                                      

  • Establishes an organization and atmosphere conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating the best individuals available and helping them to develop into a cohesive, supportive, positive team with tremendous pride in and respect for their organization.
  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; processes employee ns and problems; counsels, disciplines, and evaluates personnel.
  • Makes hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, and termination decisions; makes decisions on disciplinary and grievance actions.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages departmental functions and support staff activities; coordinates activities and assignments.
  • Supervises and evaluates fire and emergency services; determines employee proficiency levels and identifies needed improvements; formulates and executes action plans to correct deficiencies; ensures the proper allocation of personnel and other resources.
  • Prepares long-range management plans based on statistical data related to incident trends, community needs, and departmental and city goals and objectives.
  • Interacts with other agencies to coordinate mutual fire and rescue protection plans with surrounding municipalities.
  • Updates emergency preparedness and operations plans.
  • Formulates and develops work methods and practices, policies, standard operating procedures, training programs, and general orders; monitors the implementation of departmental rules and regulations; updates departmental guidelines in accordance with federal, state, and local legislation.
  • Enforces city and state fire codes, ordinances, and laws.
  • Responds to questions, complaints, and requests for information from citizens, the business community, elected officials, employees, and outside agencies.
  • Conveys goals and objectives to departmental staff; discusses problems or grievances; coordinates efforts toward the accomplishment of specific duties during meetings with subordinate supervisors and employees.
  • Conducts inspections of departmental vehicles, equipment, and buildings; evaluates and directs various tests on equipment; writes and/or approves specifications for new apparatus and equipment; ensures specifications meet federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Establishes budget priorities; prepares and submits annual budget information; recommends budget revision as appropriate; administers approved budget and monitors operational expenditures for fiscal compliance.
  • Attends official functions, including City Council and community meetings; makes presentations to schools and civic groups; grants interviews to the news media regarding major issues or fire/rescue activities.
  • Reviews documentation completed by employees.
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of applicable laws and regulations; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations.
  • Conducts staff meetings.
  • Attends local, state, and federal conferences; attends meetings, seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Composes, prepares, reviews, and/or approves a variety of forms, logs, requests, records, reports, correspondence, and other documents; prepares and maintains administrative records and files.
  • Coordinates with federal, state, and local law enforcement/investigating agencies.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, procedures, trends, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature, maintains professional affiliations; participates in physical fitness training and continuing education activities; attends shift meetings, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications                                                                                                       

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Management, Business, or closely related field from an accredited college or university and/or equivalent combination of education, training, and professional experience which provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.  
  • Minimum of 12 years of full-time, well-rounded experience in the fire service that includes a minimum of 7 years of progressive supervisory and command experience.
  • Must have and maintain or able to maintain a State of Georgia Firefighter’s certification.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with good interpersonal relations and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to establish residency in Colquitt County within one year of hire and shall maintain residency in the county limits while serving as Fire Chief.
  • Must have a stable work history. 
  • Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License or be able to acquire one within six months of hire.

Please submit an application to via and include a detailed resume along with any supporting documentation or certifications. The closing date is October.   

Application for Employment

We consider applications for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

We are an equal opportunity employer

If you would like to be considered for this position, complete the employment application below. You may email your completed application to Human Resources at or fax it to 229-873-3108.

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