Fire Chief


 City of Alameda


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Deadline to apply is 5:00 PM Monday, May 3, 2021


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The City of Alameda is a 10.6 square mile island community located in San Francisco Bay. Alameda is just seven miles east of San Francisco, and less than one mile west of the City of Oakland.  Alameda is a diverse community with a population of approximately 79,000.

According to Money Magazine, the City of Alameda compares favorably to the "best places to live" in America. That is, in part, due to the small town feel of this Bay Area island community. It also has a high median family income, a large number of educational institutions nearby, more than double the number of restaurants and libraries as the "best places average," excellent air quality, and better than average weather.



In 1916, Alameda became a charter city and was one of six cities that were the first in California to adopt the Council-Manager form of government. Under this form, the City is governed by a five-member City Council. Programs and services are administered by a City Manager.

The City Council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members serve four-year staggered terms, with two Council members elected every two years. The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Council members are elected at large, and subject to two elected term limits. The City Auditor and the City Treasurer are also elected by the voters. There are no term limits associated with these positions.

The Mayor and City Council are responsible for passing ordinances and policies; adopting the budget; appointing citizens to Boards and Commissions; and hiring the three Charter offices of City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk.

As chief executive officer, the City Manager provides the leadership and organizational direction for the operation and management of all City departments. The City Manager implements the policies and ordinances of the City Council, overseeing operations of the City, and appointing the City’s department heads.



Organized under 14 departments, the City provides a broad range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets, parks, storm drains and other infrastructure; recreational and cultural activities, including a golf complex comprised of two 18-hole championship golf courses and one nine-hole executive course; and general government and administrative support services. Additionally, the City provides power to residents through its electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). For more information, please go to:


The Alameda Fire Department is comprised of dedicated professionals committed to the Department’s mission to mitigate the impact of hazardous situations on life, property and the environment through effective response, prevention and preparedness programs. The Fire Chief provides leadership and support for the efficient delivery of these services through six divisions: Administration, Operations (including Water Rescue), Emergency Medical Services, Training, Disaster Preparedness, and Fire Prevention.

Out of 117 Fire Department positions, 110 are sworn personnel who work out of four strategically located fire stations, staffing four fire engines, two fire trucks, and three ambulances 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. In addition to responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, Department members perform community outreach and education, provide fire and life safety consultation on new construction projects and review construction project plans for compliance with City and State fire codes, and work to ensure that the City and its residents are substantially prepared for a disaster or major emergency. Alameda Fire also provides quality assurance and control for emergency medical first responder and ambulance transport services and performs essential manipulative, didactic and proficiency instruction for current personnel, including running its own Firefighter Recruit Academy.

Alameda Fire has identified the following goals for Fiscal Year 2020-21:

  1. Protect and preserve the lives and property of Alameda’s residents, visitors and business community during all risk/all hazard emergencies.
  2. Develop and implement alternative funding sources to navigate economic challenges and sustain viable fire and emergency medical services to meet the needs of the Community
  3. Implement the Dive Rescue Program into Marine Rescue Operations Effective January 2020
  4. Hire and promote a culturally diverse workforce throughout the Department reflective of the community.

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) has an annual budget of $41.1 million. The Department proactively pursues grant funding to supplement critical service needs and maintains a robust capital replacement program. The Department’s Fire Grants program is responsible for the administration of received public and private grant funding. These funds have enabled the Department to increase suppression staffing using SAFER funding.


The City of Alameda is seeking an experienced, capable, and progressive leader to serve as its next Fire Chief. The ideal candidate will display a leadership style that reflects a contemporary understanding and approach to the evolving nature of fire service. They will be an exceptional critical thinker and innovative problem solver who is not afraid to pursue new ventures. The individual selected must be committed to keeping the Department on the industry forefront and helping to advance the profession overall.

Dedicated to strengthening leadership capacity at all levels, the individual selected will convey a notable passion for succession planning and be an advocate for training and ongoing professional development. A leader who exhibits high emotional intelligence, the ideal candidate will have a history of fostering an organizational culture characterized by mutual respect and trust. With a high degree of political astuteness, they will seek to understand the AFD’s history and current culture, while striving to maximize inclusivity and adherence to best practices. Previous success with increasing gender and ethnic diversity within a department will be considered favorably.

The individual selected will be known for their empowering leadership style along with a high level of professionalism. Driven by a public servant’s heart rather than ego, they will approach labor relations with a strong partnership mindset that is based on mutual interests with delivering superior services to the community being paramount. Extensive familiarity with interpreting labor agreements will be expected.

The ideal candidate will be an effective and articulate communicator who recognizes the value of ongoing internal and external communications. To that end, this professional must be highly community oriented and supportive of the department’s extensive involvement and presence in the community. To be successful in Alameda, it is important for the new Fire Chief to embrace the importance of messaging, community engagement, and relationship building.

With a reputation for being an outstanding team player, the ideal candidate will be proactive about establishing productive working relationships with fellow city departments. The proven ability to maintain excellent working relationships with the City Manager/Chief Executive’s office and elected officials will also be carefully evaluated.

The ideal candidate will offer strong operational experience along with extraordinary administrative depth. Strengthened by superior analytical abilities, they will display impressive fiscal acumen supported by a sophisticated understanding of the business aspects of the fire service. Substantial knowledge regarding the diverse utilization of data in a contemporary fire service model will be expected.

Any combination equivalent to education and experience that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and skills will be considered. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of five (5) years of command level experience and a Bachelor’s degree. Experience serving a Bay Area local government entity is highly desirable. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is also preferred.

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The Salary Range for the Fire Chief is $222,002 - $269,846 annually based on a 40 hour work week; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications.  The City also offers a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Retirement Program – CalPERS retirement formula of 3% @ 50 for classic members or 2.7% @ 57 for PEPRA (new) members. Classic members pay 9% as pre-tax contribution and also 6% as pre-tax City contribution.  New members pay half the normal cost as determined by PERS. The City does not participate in Social Security; however, employees contribute 1.45% for Medicare.
  • Medical, Dental & Life Insurance – Pre-tax monthly allowance up to $2,516.68 is provided by the City for PERS health; depending upon health plan and number insured; dental insurance for the employee and all eligible dependents and a $100,00 life insurance policy are provided by the City
  • Retiree Health – After 10 years of service will become eligible for retiree medical. Eligible to receive up to five years of service credit for years of service as a Fire Chief in another agency.
  • Vacation 160 hours of vacation per year, increasing according to length of service time up to a max of 240 hours annually
  • Holidays – 10 observed plus 5.5 floating holidays
  • Sick Leave – 96 hours per year.  Unused sick leave may be converted to PERS service credit upon retirement
  • City Provided Vehicle
  • Administrative Leave 40 Hours annually- cashed out if not used
  • Long-Term Disability – The City provides LTD insurance up to $8,000 per month
  • Optional Benefits – Several optional insurance plans are available to eligible employees including vision, flexible spending account, dependent care program, long-term care, additional life insurance and 457 deferred compensation plans.
  • Deferred Comp – City matches up to 1% of employee’s salary
  • Uniform Allowance – $1,310 annually


 Click Here to submit your resume and cover letter.

The final filing date is, 5:00 PM on Monday, May 3, 2021. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of May 24, 2021.

If you have questions regarding this position or process, please feel free to contact: Nancy Bronstein, Human Resource Director, (510) 747-4922 or

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538. 

E-VERIFY: The City of Alameda utilizes the Federal government's E-Verify program and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization, which includes showing a valid United States Social Security card at the time of hire (photocopies not accepted).

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.