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Cape Girardeau, MO

Cape Girardeau, Missouri – Fire Chief

The City of Cape Girardeau Fire Department delivers Fire, Rescue, BLS/ALS first‐response EMS, and Emergency Management services to an economically and ethnically diverse community of over 38,000 permanent residents located on the Mississippi River/Interstate 55 corridor in southeast Missouri. As a regional destination hub Cape’s population can swell up to 100,000 daily. The Fire Chief leads a force of 62 sworn personnel and four civilian employees working out of four fire stations strategically located throughout the City.


The City is seeking applications for a Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has developed into a very proficient and well‐respected agency in the region and in the State of Missouri. The new Fire Chief will be expected to establish his/her own distinct leadership style and set a clear direction for the Department and its personnel to continue to build and grow into an even better organization. As a department head answering directly to the City Manager in a Manager‐Council form of municipal government, the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director is a key member of the City’s leadership team.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 12‐15 years of progressively responsible experience in the fire service
  • 5 years of experience as a chief officer in a similarly sized city or assistant chief in a larger community
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study
  • Experience working with IAFF local union under a Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Experience with Emergency Management
  • Experience with Emergency Medical Services


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field of study
  • Completion of National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program and/or completion of the Emergency Management Institute’s Emergency Management Professionals Program
  • Current or past certification and experience as a paramedic


The starting salary range is $78,000 to $82,000 with growth opportunities to $119,000.


Please apply online at:


For more information on this position contact:

Gary Holland, Senior Vice President

Strategic Government Resources


PO Box 7, Skokie, IL 60076-0007
Tel: 847.966.0732 / 800.662.0732
Fax: 847.966.0782
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