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The City of Woodstock, Georgia (population 38,416) is currently accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief following the announced retirement of the current Chief after thirty-four years with the City, thirteen of which were as Chief. Situated northwest of Atlanta in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Woodstock is the largest city in Cherokee County and rated as one of the 50 “Best Communities to Live In” by Money Magazine for three of the last six years. The Woodstock Fire Department achieved an ISO rating of 1 effective April 1, 2015 and works hard to maintain the rating. In addition, the Fire Department recently completed an evaluation from ESCI (Emergency Services Consulting International) and created a Master Plan for the Fire Department.

The municipality operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with the Fire Chief reporting directly to the City Manager. The Chief manages a department staff of fifty-three, while overseeing an annual operating budget of $5.4 million. The Fire Department is a full-service agency providing services to a growing community covering a little over 13 square miles in Cherokee County. The Woodstock Fire Department is the only municipal fire department in Cherokee County.

The City is seeking a strong, innovative, and experienced individual to serve as its Fire Chief. The successful candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical services principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment. Qualifications also entail a demonstrated record of leadership in management, organizational planning, and staff development. The Chief must have excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing, as well as capabilities need to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships. The requirements for the Chief’s position incorporate a high degree of professionalism and a record of sound fiscal management; flexibility and adaptability; and knowledge of current and emerging advanced fire department technologies. The City’s next Fire Chief will be an individual with a history of integrity, honesty, and community engagement with a progressively responsible work record.

Minimum requirements for the Fire Chief include a bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, or a closely related field (a master’s degree is Preferred); ten (10) years of related work experience as a firefighter of which five (5) years must have been at a supervisory level of Captain or higher; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Also required are a valid State of Georgia driver’s license (or be able to obtain by time of hire) with Class B driver’s license endorsement or license with certification of Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention (EVAP) program without record of suspension or revocation in any state; satisfactory driving record/motor vehicle report (MVR).  Graduation from the National Fire Academy Executive Officer Program is highly desired. The following certifications are preferred: State of Georgia Firefighter; National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Firefighter II; NPQ Hazmat First Responder Operations Level; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); automated external defibrillator (AED), EMTI or Paramedic certification, State of Georgia Fire Inspector and State of Georgia Arson Investigator.  Completion of Department of Homeland Security IS-00100, IS-00200, IS-00700, and IS-00800 will be required.

Must be 21 years of age or older at time of hire; meets all requirements of Firefighter II position; have no felony convictions for the past seven (7) years; must currently be certified as a State of Georgia Firefighter (or have the ability to be certified); be able to provide documentation of meeting the minimum training requirements for the previous two years; be able to provide proof of completion of an approved Health and Safety Officer course; and be able to meet and maintain the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) medical and physical fitness requirements.

The salary range for the Fire Chief is commensurate with experience and includes an attractive benefits package. Interested, qualified candidates can apply online through our Employment Portal at Please also include a cover letter, résumé with references, and salary history.

More information can be found at the City of Woodstock’s web site: Completed application packages must be received online through our employment portal no later than February 28, 2023, when the job posting will close.

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