Fire Chief: Elmhurst Illinois Deadline: May 8, 2016

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Fire Chief

Deadline: May 8, 2016

Salary: $150,000 +/- DOQ

Job Description:

Elmhurst, IL (population 44,454), Historic, full service city located 17 miles west of Chicago in  DuPage County seeks experienced, progressive candidates to serve as its next Fire Chief. Home to Elmhurst College, York High School, and Edwards-Elmhurst Hospital, the city is a charming blend of neighborhoods, a thriving downtown business district, and several commercial areas including an industrial park. The City has a total budget of $150 million and 260 full-time employees. The Fire Chief appointment is recommended by the City Manager and approved by the City Council. The Fire Chief reports to the City Manager and works as part of the executive management team for the City.

The Fire Department employs 44 full-time sworn personnel including the Chief, one Deputy Chief, three Battalion Chiefs, six lieutenants and 33 full time firefighters. EMS service is provided through a contractual partnership with Metro Paramedics Services, Inc. who supplies twelve paramedics and ambulances. The City operates two fire stations, one on the north side of Elmhurst, the second on the south side of the community. The City’s Emergency Operations Center is housed in Fire Station 1. Fire Station 2 was completely rebuilt in 2009 and is a Silver LEEDS certified building. The City of Elmhurst also has a Training Academy for Elmhurst departments and neighboring communities to utilize for technical rescue, SCBA, confined space and other training exercises. The Fire Department has several divisions including ESDA, Fire Prevention, Public Education and Training. The current operating budget is $10.3 million. In 2015, the Fire Department responded to 7,109 incidents of which 3,279 were fire related and 3,830 were EMS related. The Department has an ISO rating of 2. For more information about the City of Elmhurst and the Fire Department go to

The City is seeking an energetic and experienced leader with strong communications and interpersonal skills. A commitment to high professional standards is required and extensive experience providing fire protection, emergency medical services and disaster preparedness is essential. The ideal candidate must have an inclusive managerial style and experience working in a union environment. A minimum of 10 years experience in the fire service with at least five years of increasing responsibility in a command position is required. The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Business or Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university as well as Fire Officer III certification. Command level leadership training such as Executive Fire Officer, and/or a Master’s Degree are desirable. Residency is not required; however, a reasonable distance from the City is expected. A competitive salary, $150,000 +/- DOQ, and an attractive benefits package will be offered. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for five professional references by May 8, 2016 to the attention of Heidi Voorhees and Paul Harlow at, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243; The City of Elmhurst is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE


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