Director of Public Safety/Fire Chief

SALARY: $3,528.77 - $5,718.38 Biweekly

$91,748.00 - $148,678.00 Annually

DEPARTMENT: County Administration

OPENING DATE: 05/03/22

CLOSING DATE: 06/05/22 11:59 PM


The purpose of the position is to perform highly responsible and technical work in the administration, planning, management, and direction of staff and activities of the Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services including Fire/Rescue, Emergency Medical, Fire Prevention, Communications, Emergency Management, and Mosquito Control. Work is performed under the general direction of the County Administrator.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans, organizes, assigns, and directs departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel through the effective supervision of subordinates. Directs and meets with internal administrative staff to identify and resolve problems, assign projects and areas of responsibility.

Reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; and is responsible for the selection, promotion, training, safety, appraisal, and discipline of professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

Develops and implements long and short-term plans, goals, and objectives for assigned areas. Researches, assesses, and develops strategies to meet current and future community needs in emergency response and public safety.

Develops, implements, and updates policies and procedures for assigned areas. Formulates and develops work methods and practices, policies, standard operating procedures, and training programs.

Monitors implementation of rules and regulations and updates policies and procedures according to federal, state, or local legislation as required. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures, including assessment and monitoring workloads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships. Identifies opportunities for improvement and implements recommended changes.

Effectively manages department financial resources. Develops, defends, and implements departmental budget; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget and reviews and approves all financial documentation.

Prepares and submits detailed reports on activities and project status. Ensures proper maintenance of records, statistical reports, and controls to comply with applicable regulations.

Reviews and approves specifications for new equipment and apparatus; oversees the preparation and administration of contracts. Establishes and maintains excellent working relationships with County staff, administrators, elected officials, and other public safety agencies.

Ensures coordinated and integrated County emergency plans, services, and response. 

Represents the County at various functions; attends BOCC meetings and various other meetings. Attends ceremonies, dedications, and other events. Provides information to the public regarding plans, projects, issues, and concerns regarding areas of assignment. Responds to major emergency calls, incidents, and disasters. Implements emergency response and disaster recovery plans; assesses and evaluates incident scenes. Determines necessary staffing allocations; ensures utilization of proper methods to ensure the safety of the public and emergency personnel; and facilitates communication of employees, citizens, volunteers, local government agencies.

In case of emergency or crisis situation (hurricane, flood, etc.) position is required to respond/perform recovery duties as assigned by immediate supervisor. Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in fire science, fire administration, public administration, business administration, or another related field. Master’s degree preferred. Or an equivalent combination of relevant training, education, and experience.

Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience within a comprehensive fire services and emergency medical response environment for a similarly sized jurisdiction. The majority of experience obtained at the rank of Assistant or Battalion Chief.

Skills:     Provide detailed public reports and presentations before the Board of County Commissioners. Ability to write complex and detailed reports and perform in-depth research projects, related to fire, EMS. Effective communication with various individuals and groups including immediate supervisor, co-workers, law enforcement personnel, public, the media, and other governmental entities.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations: Required - Firefighter and EMT certifications from the State of Florida. Copies of certifications must be submitted with resume. If certified by another state, State of Florida certifications must be obtained within one (1) year.

Valid Florida Class E Driver License and continued insurability by the current County insurance carrier. Florida State Emergency Medical Technician, Florida State Paramedic License, Florida State Fire Safety Inspector and National Fire Academy Executive Development certificate of achievement (preferred).

Residency must be established within 30 miles of the HCFES headquarters office within six (6) months of employment. 

Exceptions for this requirement may be approved by t he County Administrator or designee.



Knowledge of the principals and practices of modern firefighting and fire prevention techniques and developments.

Knowledge of the tactical use and deployment of modern firefighting equipment.

Knowledge of the administration, organization, and operational elements of the County’s Emergency Management function.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public.

Effective leadership and managerial skills, to include team building, mediation, and motivational skills.

Ability to plan, evaluate, assign, and coordinate activities performed by the fire department and animal services divisions.

Ability to plan, initiate and carry out long term programs in the fire department administration, training fire prevention and inspection.

Interviews will be conducted on June 16, 2022


15470 Flight Path Drive

Brooksville, FL 34604

(352) 754-4817 P