Job Posting: Fire Chief, Hillsboro, OR

Job Posting: Fire Chief, Hillsboro, OR

Fire Chief, Hillsboro, Oregon

The Opportunity

The City of Hillsboro seeks a Fire Chief with a progressive mindset who embraces modern views regarding Fire and Emergency Services. Candidates must enjoy the challenges associated with growth and be energized by analyzing and defining new ways of doing business. The Fire Chief maintains awareness of current trends and is proactive in looking for opportunities to innovate, reinvent, and evolve.

The Fire Chief plans, organizes, and directs the administration and operation of the City Fire Department, providing oversight and operational direction to achieve departmental goals, objectives, and strategic vision. The Fire Chief maintains a safe and healthy working environment and promotes a culture of teamwork and communication by working in collaboration, treating everyone with respect and dignity, and maintaining an open mind to diverse voices and ideas. The Chief maintains a visible presence throughout the Fire Department and strongly encourages creativity and innovation to address the future needs of the community.

A strategic leader, the Fire Chief is politically savvy and understands larger, citywide initiatives and how they impact the Fire Department. In addition, the successful candidate easily develops relationships and proactively partners with all City departments. The Fire Chief embraces regional and statewide initiatives and looks for opportunities to collaborate effectively with key partners. The Chief is also actively engaged at the national level and can easily incorporate best practices and innovative concepts to benefit the department.

To learn more, please review the full position profile here.

The Fire Department

The Hillsboro Fire Department (HFD) is an all-hazard, all-risk professional department providing excellence in fire suppression, special operations rescue, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and education. The ISO 2-rated department, serves the community from five stations covering just over 25 square miles. The Fire Department has mutual aid and automatic aid agreements with all surrounding fire agencies and Metro West Ambulance provides emergency medical transport. With an annual budget of $20.3 million, the HFD employs 112 of which, 100 are sworn personnel. In 2016, the Department had 10,716 Emergency Incident Responses with 6,458 of those Emergency Medical Responses. The Fire Department enjoys strong community support, demonstrated most recently by the local option levy renewal with 82% voter approval. For fiscal year 2017-18, the Fire Department budget is expected to increase to $23.1 million and the department will add 6 firefighters.

The Hillsboro Community

Hillsboro is the fifth largest city in the State of Oregon with a population of 99,340. Hillsboro enjoys award-winning urban planning, an affordable cost of living, a strong economic base, and one of the state’s most diverse populations. Hillsboro’s people, businesses, nonprofits, and government take great pride in their town as they work side by side giving as much attention to community and livability as to development and industrial growth. With a healthy patchwork of history, business opportunities, neighborhoods, education, recreation, and culture, great things are growing in Hillsboro.


At least 15 years’ experience as a fire Battalion Chief, Operations Chief or equivalent management position including 3 years’ leadership experience. Knowledge of trends and advances in firefighting and fire prevention skills required. Current knowledge of fire suppression, fire prevention, and firefighting techniques, including all related equipment is essential. A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Fire Administration, or a closely related field, and/or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

To Be Considered

Please go to and submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in and fit for the Fire Chief role. Cover letters may be addressed to Heather Gantz. Please apply by July 15, 2017.