Fire Chief

Organization: City of Durham, North Carolina
Salary: A beginning salary between $120,000 and $130,000 is anticipated depending on qualifications. City benefits are excellent.
Close Date: Send your resume with a cover letter and current salary by October 5, 2012.

Job Description:

Located halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic, Durham is a growing community that is home to more than 300 restaurants, more than 40 annual festivals, Duke and North Carolina Central universities, the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball team, the Durham Performing Arts Center, art and science museums, world-class medical facilities and many more amenities. With more than 5.2 million visitors annually, Durham is the top destination of arrivals at RDU International Airport. Durham is North Carolina's fourth largest city, the County seat and the only municipality in Durham County. The City covers 103.26 square miles and has a population of 236,578 which includes a rich diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Durham has operated under the Council/Manager form of government since 1921. The City Council consists of seven members: three members from specific wards, three at-large-members and the Mayor. Council members serve 4-year staggered terms. The Mayor serves a 2-year term. City Council is the legislative and policymaking body for Durham and is responsible for establishing general policies; appointing the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and members of various boards and commissions; enacting ordinances, resolutions and orders; adopting the annual budget; and authorizing contracts on the City=s behalf.

The Durham Fire Department (DFD) is responsible for providing emergency responses to fires, medical calls, hazardous materials spills, technical rescue calls and swift water rescue calls. To meet its objective, DFD is organized into four divisions: Fire Operations, Fire Prevention, Planning and Administration and Training and Special Operations. DFD is committed to the citizens of Durham to maintain a state of training and readiness that will ensure quick and competent response to life-threatening events as well as to providing fire prevention education to the public. DFD operates from 16 stations with two additional stations in the planning stage.

The Fire Chief reports to the City Manager and leads an organization consisting of 302 personnel (all non-union) with a $23,133,479 annual budget. DFD responded to 18,800 calls for services in 2011. The City has a 3 ISO rating.

Requirements include education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and significant, increasingly responsible local government fire suppression/prevention experience, including at least 9 years of command experience gained in a department of comparable size and complexity. Must be a skilled leader and an outcome-focused manager with excellent interpersonal skills, a strong customer service orientation and have unimpeachable integrity. For more information about the City of Durham and the Durham Fire Department, visit Durham on the web at

A beginning salary between $120,000 and $130,000 is anticipated depending on qualifications. City benefits are excellent. Benefits and basic City information is available at http//

Send your resume with a cover letter and current salary by October 5, 2012 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848


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