Fire Chief
City of Aurora

Known as the Gateway to the Rockies, the City of Aurora lies on the eastern edge of the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. The city boasts spectacular views of the Front Range spanning from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. More than 398,000 residents and 10,000 businesses choose to call Aurora home, making it the third largest city in Colorado and the 51st largest in the United States.

Aurora Fire Rescue is an all-hazards, ISO Class 1 rated department, with a full-time employee (FTE) personnel staffing level of 441, and a total annual budget of $72.8 million. Resources include 17 Engines, 6 Ladder Trucks, 4 Rescues (medical support units), and several ancillary resources to provide emergency service to the citizens of Aurora. The department has a total of 17 stations. The city works with Local 1290 as the exclusive bargaining agent on behalf of the Aurora firefighters. Major divisions within the Fire Department include Fire Emergency Services, Fire Emergency Management, Community Engagement, Fire Inspections and Investigations, and Professional Development and Support.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, present, and engaged servant leader with proven fire and EMS services administrative experience in a medium to large sized urban setting. Competitive candidates will have dedication, professionalism, and a strong commitment to the safety of our community and firefighters. It is imperative that this new leader has demonstrated a proactive approach to creating mutually beneficial partnerships in the community and the fire profession.

The future Fire Chief shall bring innovative, contemporary, and fresh ideas to the department, be experienced in assessing fire and EMS service models and staying abreast of current trends. A strong, transparent, and inclusive leadership style that fosters a culture of respect and consistent accountability will serve the chosen candidate well. The preferred successful candidate will have managed in a highly resourceful manner during challenging fiscal times and be known for his/her attentiveness to responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in fire science, business administration, public administration, or related field, at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at a senior command level with a large fire department, and at least 3 years supervisory/managerial experience. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Please email your submission documents to resumes@cpshr.us


Location: Aurora, Colorado
Salary: $177,110 – $210,846
Final filing date: First Resume Review Deadline November 1, 2022

Please make sure to have your Resume, Cover Letter, and List of References ready for upload before you start the application process. One combined document that includes all three items is preferred.