Charlotte Fire Department takes applications for new chief

Charlotte Fire Department takes applications for new chief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Fire Department is officially searching for a new chief.

Former Fire Chief Jon Hannan retired in August and Pete Key took over the department on an interim basis.

[Ralph Anderson brochure for Charlotte Fire Department hiring]

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A five-page brochure from recruiter Ralph Andersen and Associates lists the many qualifications needed for the position.

They include executive fire command experience, a bachelor's degree and several certifications, such as a National Fire Academy executive fire officer certificate.

The first review of resumes will be Feb. 12.

The recruiter’s full advertisement says: “The City of Charlotte (800,000 pop.) is seeking a fire administrator who is an uncommon leader with a demonstrated track record of career accomplishments to serve as the next Fire Chief.”

“This at-will position reports directly to the City Manager and oversees the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) with 1,027 uniformed personnel and 127 non-sworn personnel. The CFD provides a full range of life safety services and operates 41 Engine Companies, 15 Ladder Companies, 2 Special Operations Heavy Rescue Companies, 4 Haz-mat Companies, 6 Aircraft Fire & Rescue Vehicles, 1 Dive Rescue Team, 1 Fire Boat, and 1 Dive Rescue Boat. “

“This position requires significant and progressively responsible executive fire command experience in a large and complex fire department, emergency management department, or other public safety executive level position for a large metropolitan area. A Bachelor’s degree is required. National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Certification, the Chief Fire Officer Designation, Executive Development Institute, or similar certificates are highly desirable.”

"This position is open until filled; with the first review of resumes February 12, 2018. Interested candidates should email a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary history, and 6 professional references to If you have any questions or wish to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900."

The fire department has faced multiple controversies in the past. Employees accused the previous administration of discriminating against women and minorities who deserved promotions, sources told Channel 9.

Hannan retired because his job was in jeopardy.