Located at the eastern end of Clark County, Washington, the City of Camas is home to approximately 26,000 residents. The City is ideally situated at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, providing residents and visitors easy access to explore the outdoors and enjoy an array of activities such as boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, or relaxing at Lacamas Lake. Other amenities to be enjoyed by families and visitors to the community include a vibrant, yet quaint historic downtown, approximately 60 miles of trails, high-profile business ventures stimulating job opportunities, several high-tech manufacturing industries, and a state-leading educational system. The City is seeking a personable, approachable, and pragmatic Fire Chief with proven finesse and a track record of providing progressive, competent, and strong leadership. Under general direction of the City Administrator, the Fire Chief plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical response, ambulance transport, public education, and inspection material program activities and operations. The ideal candidate will have strong decision-making abilities and the desire and vision to shape the culture and future of the Department. The new Fire Chief must have the ability to lead and support policy level efforts around staffing levels, equipment, and facilities capital projects, and will have the ability to facilitate and participate in governance and service level discussions with partner agencies and communities. Any combination of education and experience is qualifying. Highly qualified candidates will typically have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire science, business, public administration, or a closely related field, and along with seven (7) years of broad and extensive municipal firefighting management experience, including three (3) years in an administrative capacity.
The annual salary range for the Fire Chief is currently $146,000.00 - $174,000.00 and is under review by the City; placement within this range is dependent on qualifications and experience.