City of Riverside, CA

Fire Chief

Filing Deadline: July 24, 2024
Jon Lewis

Bob Murray & Associates
1544 Eureka Road, Suite 280 • Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 784-9080 • Fax (916) 784-1985

Incorporated in 1883 as a Charter City, the City of Riverside stands proudly at the crossroads where culture, art, history, education, growth and innovation meet. While Riverside enjoys a rich heritage, reflected in the city’s architecture, cuisine, culture, and civic life. The City has evolved from a quiet, agricultural colony into a dynamic, culturally diverse city with a growing urban core that is now a regional hub for higher education, technology, commerce, law, finance and culture. At the heart of the City is the true uniqueness of Riverside, its people, “Riversiders”, and the strong collaborative partnerships that exist among civic, cultural, educational, and business leaders. Those partnerships are a big part of the reason why Riverside was listed by Safewise as the 14th safest metropolitan city in the United States. Riverside is seeking an outstanding and forward-facing leader to serve as their next Fire Chief. The incumbent will be a dynamic, collaborative, and inspiring candidate capable of engaging with the City’s diverse community. The ideal candidate must be analytical and make critical data-driven decisions. A strong-minded individual who is comfortable with personnel management and budget control will do well. The Chief will possess the ability to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion practices that benefit the Fire Department and the community. The individual selected will have knowledge of the operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive fire prevention and suppression program. The ideal candidate will have the skills and ability to foster and maintain cooperative relationships with neighboring agencies and communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. The new Chief will possess knowledge of the advanced principles and practices of fire department budget administration. Experience with facility expansion and/or development is advantageous. Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Fire Science/Public Administration or other related field.

The annual salary range for the Fire Chief is $212,940 - $321,408. The merit range is from $321,408 - $369,624 and is performance based, and subject to CM approval. Placement within the salary range is dependent on experience and qualifications.