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Assistant Fire Chief
City of Worthington

The Position

The Assistant Fire Chief provides managerial support, leadership and project management for the Fire and Emergency Management Services (EMS) Division of the City of Worthington. The position supervises three captains, each of whom leads one of three shifts. The Assistant Chief is responsible for the administrative, educational, and training functions of the Division. The Assistant Chief works in partnership with the Fire Chief to manage the budget, programs and staff in the Division, oversees the hiring, training, and development of all personnel, supports the fire prevention and community education efforts, represents the Division in the community and regionally, and serves as the Fire Chief, in the Chief’s absence. The position is open after the retirement of the former Assistant Chief.

The Organization

The City of Worthington Fire and EMS Division provides fire suppression, rescue, EMS, prevention and inspections. It is staffed with 38 full-time firefighters. Its staff includes a chief, assistant chief, three captains, seven lieutenants, 24 career personnel and 16 part-time personnel, and one secretary, all of whom work from a single fire station. The Division has a shift schedule of 24 hours on and 48 hours off. The proposed 2016 budget is $6,461,611.

The total service area for the Division has about 19,500 residents and includes the City of Worthington, Sharon Township, Perry Township, and the Village of Riverlea. Originally operating as the Sharon Township Fire Department, it became part of the City of Worthington in 1994. This also caused a shift in revenue sources from levies and property taxes to income taxes as the primary source of funding.

In Central Ohio, most departments operate with an automatic response program. Today, about 50 percent of fire calls and 38 percent of EMS calls are in the City of Columbus as part of an automatic aid system. In addition, the Division serves two townships and a village. The following table shows the EMS and Fire calls for the last five years.

Year EMS Calls Fire Calls
2015 2,812 2,196
2014 3,397 2,569
2013 3,368 2,228
2012 3,450 2,218
2011 3,212 2,251

The mission of the organization includes emergency response to fire, medical, rescue, chemical and weather-related emergencies; building safety inspections; reviewing plans for new and remodeled buildings; public education and emergency management.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree, five years of command level officer experience, EMT-B certification, and completion of an Executive Fire Officer Program, Ohio Fire Executive Program, or a similar officer development program. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s Degree, paramedic experience, and demonstrated community-focused Fire/EMS service. The selected candidate must possess or obtain a current State of Ohio Firefighter II certification as well as possess or obtain a valid Ohio driver’s license.

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The Ideal Candidate

The ideal Assistant Fire Chief will be a strong, decisive, positive leader who is results-oriented, customer-focused, and has a broad background in all aspects of Fire and EMS services. He/she will be accessible and approachable to fire personnel, residents, and businesses, and will reach out and seek input from staff and the community. The ideal candidate will be firm but fair, have excellent problem-solving and mediation skills, and be effective in labor relations and management. He/she will be an excellent communicator, both within and outside the Division, and will be focused on what is in the best interests of the community in the long term, while keeping Fire Division personnel and citizens safe and property protected. The ideal candidate will be highly visible and active in the community and understand the needs of residents, businesses, and institutions, yet remain focused on providing a safe environment for everyone who lives, works in, or visits Worthington. This position requires a visionary leader with exceptional character and integrity, strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships. The next Assistant Fire Chief will be able to communicate the reasoning behind decisions, educate residents and businesses on prevention, and be a leader in the fire service in the region. The ideal candidate will be capable of serving as acting Chief and will be a partner with other department heads in the City. The next Assistant Chief will be committed to the professional development of personnel and be able to lead and empower staff in a well-functioning Division, and have experience establishing and evaluating organizational and employee performance criteria.

The Community

Today, Worthington is a vibrant city known for its high quality City services and responsiveness to citizen requests and concerns. Worthington is a strong suburban community in the vibrant Columbus, Ohio region, ideally located at the northern crossroads of I-270, I-71 & State Route 315, with easy access to, from, and around the central Ohio region. During summer 2015, a national real estate broker organization declared Worthington’s 43085 ZIP Code the second-highest-rated for housing sale activity in the United States. This is a testament to the people, the institutions, and the cultural assets that are within the Worthington community. Worthington’s close knit neighborhoods, tree-lined streets and walkability add to the appeal of the City of Worthington for residents and businesses. The Worthington School District serves approximately 9,500 students living in and near Worthington. The Worthington Schools are ranked as one of the top districts in the State of Ohio. In addition, Worthington Libraries has been recognized as the National Library of the Year and is continually praised and recognized for its programs, outstanding resources, and community outreach.

The earliest planned community in Ohio, Worthington was settled in 1803. Early leaders purchased 16,000 acres of land and planned the layout for the village. The pre-planning of a community was very unique for early 19th century Ohio, yet pioneers had a vision for their new community. Worthington was platted as a New England-type village around a central public square, which was designated for religious and educational purposes, as well as a spot for community gatherings. This area remains today as our Village Green and still maintains the values of Worthington’s founders, while also anchoring one of Central Ohio’s most iconic downtown historic districts.

The 5.63-square-mile community is surrounded almost completely by Columbus, the state capital, and home to The Ohio State University. Worthington has a culture of community partnerships and regional collaboration. The City works closely with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the schools, libraries, and other community groups on initiatives, programs and events to benefit residents, businesses, and visitors. Worthington is home to many active, engaged, and talented citizens who care deeply about the community and regularly volunteer their time and expertise to help it succeed.

Worthington’s location offers easy access and offers all of the attractions and conveniences of a big city combined with the charm of small-town living. Residents and visitors alike are attracted to Worthington’s many attractions such as the new McConnell Arts Center, the historic Orange Johnson House and the Old Rectory. Worthington’s downtown has restaurants ranging from pubs to coffee shops to a French bakery. A multitude of specialty shops have home décor, clothing, and jewelry. Worthington’s business base is strong and includes the global headquarters of Worthington Industries. The state-of-the-art Worthington Community Center supports healthy lifestyles with an aquatic complex, fitness center, and art studios.

Age Percentage
Age under 18 23.2%
Age 18-24 4.5%
Age 25-44 22.6%
Age 45-64 30.7%
Age 65 or older 19.1%

According to the 2010 Census, the population of Worthington is 13,575. The age of Worthington’s population breaks down as follows, with a median age of 44.9 years.

The City operates under Council-Manager government with a City Manager appointed by a seven-member City Council.


The expected hiring range is $93,088 – 98,673, depending on experience and qualifications. The City has an excellent benefits package and participates in the state retirement system.

How to Apply

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Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 240-832-1778.

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