A Home Rule Municipality that is self-governed under the State of Colorado Constitution, Greeley operates under a Council-Manager form of government with seven elected officials on the Council including the Mayor. Under this form of government, the City Council sets the policies for the operation of the Greeley government while the council-appointed City Manager has administrative responsibilities for city operations.
The City has a total 2020 budget of $471.3 million and a staff of approximately 970 full-time equivalent positions.
The City of Greeley promotes employee participation in the delivery of quality services to and on behalf of the community. Accordingly, the City celebrates diversity in the workplace. The City operates under a set of core values that form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves as we fulfill our mission:
The Fire Department
The City of Greeley Fire Department is driven by the mission to create and maintain a safe and healthy community through relentless preparation and delivery of world class emergency services to the citizens and visitors to Greeley ad the Western Hills Fire Protection District. Consisting of three divisions (Administration, Community Safety, and Operations), the Department responds to over 14,000 emergency calls from seven fire stations. The Department provides Advanced Life Support Service at the Paramedic level and partners with Banner Health to provide transport services.
The City’s firefighters are involved in public education, stand-by duties requiring first aid or fire watches, and maintenance. In addition to fire emergency response, firefighters are also involved in hazardous materials response, emergency medical response, technical rescue response, water rescue response, and the wildland fire team.
In Fiscal Year 2020, the Fire Department is comprised of 133 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) and an operating budget of approximately $20.4 million. The Department currently encompasses the following functions:
Administrative: Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Administrative Division provides policy and administrative direction for all functions of the department’s operations; interacts with community leaders, other local governments, and the business community to identify community needs and develop programs; provides required administrative services and information to the City of Greeley and the Western Hills Fire Protection District; and develops and implements the Emergency Management activities for the City.
Community Safety: Under the direction of a Division Chief, the Community Safety division provides services which focus on community risk reduction including the frequency and severity of fires, explosions, oil & gas safety, and other threats to property and life; enforces adopted fire codes and ordinances; supports the data management systems for the department, interacts with the City’s Information Technology division and the Weld County Emergency Communications Center; and reviews development and building plans for compliance with fire and life safety standards, and coordinates the computer hardware and software programs for the department.
Operations: Under the direction of a Division Chief, The Operations division provides public safety through effective response to fires, medical emergencies, and other incidents that threaten public safety; supports the mission of the Community Safety division and conducts pre-fire planning activities, maintains all equipment and stations; oversees major capital rolling stock acquisitions; through the Training program within the division provides academic instruction, field instruction and quality control for firefighting, emergency medical/rescue, basic & advanced life support procedures, and other specialized functions to maintain state and nationally recognized certification for members of the department; and manages departmental safety and coordinates criteria for the fitness and health standards of the department and addresses tuition costs for fire related college courses and represents the department within the Front Range Fire Consortium.
The Position The Fire Chief provides leadership, strategic direction, and supervision for the Fire Department, and performs complex managerial, administrative and professional work in planning, developing, and implementing the overall vision, mission, programs, processes, and projects of all divisions within the fire department including administration, communications, community safety and emergency management.
The Ideal Candidate
Greeley’s ideal candidate is an established or up and coming leader in the fire management field with a proven ability and passion to engage staff (union and non-union) and the public, and partner with community stakeholders, and collaborate colleagues while integrating policy and best practice into high quality service.
In evaluating candidates, the City will be seeking candidates who have the following characteristics and competencies:
Education and Experience Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science, Management, Business Administration, or related field, and at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in fire suppression and EMS delivery, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a command position with a career fire department (battalion commander or above). Experience managing in a unionized environment is preferred; a Master’s degree is highly desired.
Salary The City of Greeley is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Relocation assistance will also be available for the successful out-of-area candidate.
Residency Requirement Residency within the City of Greeley is highly preferred.