Job Details

Fire Chief
City of Danville, KY
Job Description


Fire Chief

This position provides an excellent professional opportunity to work with a high-quality professional management team and a new City Manager.

Danville is located on the southern edge of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region, 35 miles southwest of Lexington. Danville is blessed with an abundant water supply, highly efficient roads and infrastructure and a well-educated citizenry. The City is home to Centre College which was founded in 1819 and is now among the most prestigious small liberal arts colleges in America. As the County seat for Boyle County and home to the area’s major governmental, healthcare, educational and retail amenities, Danville is the business hub to a five (5) county, 100,000+/- population region. Danville’s cost of living is very reasonable.

The City of Danville operates under a Commission/Manager form of government. Accordingly, the City Manager serves as the chief executive officer for the City. In addition to the Fire Department, Danville provides a full array of municipal services. The 2019/2020 City budget appropriation is $50,897,616 million. Danville employs approximately 150 FTE’s. Learn more about at

The Danville Fire Department (DFD) was established in 1876 and is one of the oldest paid fire departments in Kentucky. DFD’s service area is the City of Danville, about 15 square miles, with a resident population of about 17,000 and a business day population of more than 25,000. In 2019, DFD responded to 1806 emergency calls. DFD’s Fire Marshal conducts all fire inspections and occupancy inspections for businesses, government buildings, and all assembly occupancies. DFD is the first responder for the City. All firefighters are EMT certified (some are paramedics). Transportation is provided by County Ambulance. DFD currently functions from two fire stations. The present headquarters station is in the process of being replaced with a brand-new building. Also, there is a new third station envisioned for the City’s 2022 CIP.

The Fire Chief is appointed by the City Manager (with City Commission approval). The Chief reports to the City Manager, is under his general direction and serves at his pleasure. The position’s primary function is effectively plan, organize, direct, manage, lead, coordinate and evaluate all departmental employees, programs and activities.

Qualifications: Bachelors’ degree in Fire Science or Public Administration or related field (Master’s degree preferred) supplemented by at least seven (7) years of experience that includes fire suppression, fire services and emergency medical services. Must have more than five (5) years of supervisory, administration, management, and command experience in a fire department. Requires Firefighter I & II certification with various training and certifications in hazardous materials, NIMS 100-800, emergency management services, and fire command. Fire marshal experience a plus. DFD is a small department and the Chief is expected to perform firefighting duties as situations may require.

Compensation: The beginning salary for the position is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. City benefits are excellent.

Application Process: The position will remain open until filled with the first resume screening scheduled for July 13, 2020. To be considered for this highly attractive professional opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to Slavin Management Consultants at .

For more information about the position and/or the recruitment process you are invited to contact either Bob Slavin at (770) 449-4656; or Randi Frank at Randi Frank Consulting, LLC (203) 213-3722. A detailed position recruitment profile is available at

The City of Danville is an AAA/EOE Employer

Job Details
Job Function:
Fire Chief
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Danville
445 W Main St
Danville, KY 40422-1815
United States
Population: 17,000
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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