The Village of Villa Park is pleased to announce the recruitment of candidates and selection process for the next Fire Chief.
About the Position
The next Chief of the Villa Park Fire Department will be a proven leader who can work with all people. The next Chief will strive to create a department that is stronger than the one he/she inherits. While we have an excellent group of men and women with an excellent public service ethic, in no small part due to the current Chief who is retiring after over ten years, all as Fire Chief, the next leader will develop a servant leadership style that will, ideally, create the next leader from within. The next Fire Chief will build leaders at all levels, showing humility, dedication to a shared mission over personal achievement, and they will have a vison of the future and how to get there. The next leader will be confident enough to take full charge of emergency situations, but also be able to have the empathy to counsel staff or direct them to resources after traumatic events. The next leader will have enough self-confidence to not have to come up with all the ideas and will be able to recognize the best ideas from the entire department, and from other departments.
The successful candidate will need to recruit, hire, and train new members of the team and to build them into leaders that are prepared to serve the community. To do this, the next leader will need to be open to recruiting new firefighter/paramedics from all segments of the Villa Park community (and surrounding areas) without weakening the organization. They will also build on cooperative relationships with neighboring villages and forge new ones to continue to learn.
Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Business Management or related field and ten (10) years of experience in firefighting, fire rescue, fire prevention and education. Applicants must meet all requirements of 65 ILCS 5/10-7.3 and possess certifications in Firefighter I & II, ACLS, EMT, and CPR.
Per Village Code, all sworn firefighters of the Village of Villa Park must live within thirty (30) miles of the territorial limits of the Village within one (1) year of hire. It is preferred that the for Chief to live in that area. Living within 5 miles and 15 minutes of the Village boundaries is strongly desired in order for the Chief to be available to take a leadership role in fire suppression and other major emergency situations.
Compensation and Benefits
The anticipated starting salary is $140,000 +/-. DOQ. A comprehensive benefit package includes health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), life insurance and participation in a pension program. The Village also offers paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick time.
Candidates should apply immediately with a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Assistant Village Manager, Suzanne McVey at email@example.com. First review of candidates shall occur on November 28, 2022.
A full job description, recruitment brochure and additional information about the Village of Villa Park can be found at www.invillapark.com. The Village of Villa Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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