Jan 5 2021

Fire Chief Recruitment Qualifications

Fire Chief, City of Piedmont, California


Piedmont is a city of approximately 11,000 nestled in the beautiful East Bay Hills, overlooking San Francisco.  Within Piedmont’s 1.8 square-mile area that is almost entirely zoned for single-family residential use, you will find five city parks and numerous landscaped areas which offer wooded paths, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and picnic facilities.  Piedmont is known for its urban forests of redwood groves and small town charm where it’s citizens treat city employees as valued members of the community.

Piedmont residents hold the all risk ALS Fire Department in high regard, and firefighters go the extra mile by providing concierge service to the residents.  The Department has provided ambulance services for nearly 90 years and is one of only four cities in Alameda County that provide paramedic transport services.

The Fire Chief oversees one part-time finance assistant and 24 line staff.  The projected fiscal year 2020/21 departmental budget is $6.9 million.

This position requires the equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, or a related field and three years of command or supervisory experience in the fire service.  A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is desired.

The current salary is $204,936 with excellent benefits ((CalPERS 2% @ 50, three-year average benefit calculation (Classic) with only a 9% employee contribution rate; and 2.7% @ 57) and for new employees)) and an annual uniform allowance of $1,200.

Also, children of full-time employees are eligible to attend the Skipping Stones program (toddler age) and Schoolmates (K-5) program at no charge as well as the Piedmont Unified School District where 95% of high school graduates move on to College.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please visit our website at:

Peckham & McKenney


Salary Top: $204,936

Negotiable/DOQ: Yes

Phone: 866-912-1919

Apply By: Jan 19, 2021

Please do not hesitate to contact Phil McKenney toll-free at (866) 912-1919 if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.  Resumes will be acknowledged within 2 business days.

One Response to “Fire Chief Recruitment Qualifications”

  1. Why doesn’t the City promote from within? We have wonderful firefighters and it would help morale to promote from within. And it would save time and help with productivity if we promoted a firefighter already familiar with the City, let alone not having to spend the money on a “Head Hunter”.

    We’ve had several short-term Fire Chiefs that have been recruited from out of the area. Each only stayed long enough to boost their pensions and never seemed to know the City.

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