Fire Chief

Organization: City of Orlando, FL
Salary: Compensation will be highly competitive and will include an excellent benefit package.
Close Date: Open until filled. For best results, please respond by May 13, 2019

Job Description:

Orlando is one of the most family-friendly, dynamic, and diverse communities in America. Located in Orange County, the City is more than 143 years old and steeped in history. The City comprises 113 square miles and is the 4Th largest city in the state of Florida and the 77th largest city in the nation.

Internationally recognized, Orlando is one of the world's most visited destinations. It is a vibrant, thriving City where creativity flourishes and excitement reigns. Orlando is proud to be an inclusive City with opportunities for everyone. In 2009 Orlando was ranked as the fourth most popular American city according to a Pew Research Center study. Known as "The City Beautiful,” U.S. News & World Report listed it among the "100 Best Places to Live in America" in 2016 and WalletHub ranked it just behind Las Vegas as the "Most Fun City in America.” That, along with Orlando's flourishing economy, makes it an excellent place for families to live, work and play.

Orlando includes an historic and bustling downtown area, museums, multiple colleges and universities, multiple entertainment venues including award-winning golf courses and world class venues. The City is best known around the world for its many popular attractions and theme parks. Orlando is one of the most visited destinations in the world with more than 65 million visitors every year.

Orlando has a strong mayor/commission form of government with a mayor who serves as the City’s chief executive officer and a legislative branch of six commission districts. Mayor Buddy Dyer has served as Mayor of Orlando since 2003. Reporting directly to the Mayor are the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Chief Financial Officer, the City Attorney, and the Chief of Staff. The CAO oversees several departments including Economic Development; Families, Parks and Recreation; Fire/EMS, Housing and Community Development; Human Resources and Labor Relations; Police, Office of Sustainability; Public Works; and Transportation.

The mission of the Orlando Fire Department is to protect the life and property of the citizens and visitors of Orlando. The Department is staffed by 641 total employees of which 547 are sworn personnel. Sworn personnel below the rank of Assistant Chief are represented. The Department provides services from 17 fire stations with full fire, first response advanced life support, emergency medical transport services, arson investigation, bomb mitigation, dive rescue, community risk reduction and aircraft rescue as well as emergency management and special teams operations. The Department responded to more than 60,000 calls in 2018.

The Fire Chief is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and reports on a day-to-day basis to the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. The Chief’s major job function is to provide counsel and administrative leadership to and for the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer in all matters of public safety pertaining to development and maintenance of City fire protection and EMS.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or university with a degree in Fire Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field combined with at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible fire supervisory, management and/or command experience or related work. Must meet applicable Florida certification requirements within one year of beginning employment. Prefer, but not required, Masters Degree from an accredited college or university and graduation from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

The new chief must either have a valid Florida driver’s license or obtain one within 30 days of hire. The chief must be a strong, energetic, self-confident, fair-minded and principled leader. He or she must embrace diversity. For more information about the City of Orlando and the Orlando Fire Department, visit the City's web site at

Compensation for the Fire Chief will be highly competitive and will include an excellent benefit package. The City is prepared to pay reasonable and customary moving expenses. City residency is preferred but not required.

Application and Selection Process: The position will remain open until filled and will move forward immediately upon receipt of a sufficient pool of well-qualified applicants. For best results, please email your resume and cover letter with current salary by May 13, 2019 to: For additional information about this position, contact Robert E. Slavin, President, Slavin Management Consultants by phone at (770) 449-4656 or by email at

Note: Under Florida Law, resumes are public documents and will be provided to the media upon request. Please call prior to submitting your resume if confidentiality is important to you.


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