The City of Rochester is seeking a new Fire Chief, following Mark Klose’s retirement in 2021. Interim Chief Perry Plummer plans to continue serving until a replacement is found.
According to a post on the Human Resources page, the City of Rochester is searching for a candidate with “strong transitional and adaptive leadership skills to embrace the challenges of leading the department.”
The next Chief should be equipped to nurture positive relationships while demonstrating understanding, empathy, and caring. The ideal candidate will hold themselves and others to the highest standards of integrity and accountability. Above all, the next Chief must be able to establish and maintain a high level of credibility and trust throughout the department and community.
As a community experiencing significant growth and economic development, the City of Rochester has a strong desire for its Fire Department to be progressive and innovative in order to meet the needs of a growing community. Currently, the City is evaluating several properties for a potential third station. The next Chief would need to have the tools to recruit additional staff in an increasingly competitive job market and develop training pathways for retention and development of future command staff.
The Fire Chief should have appreciation and respect for the traditions of the department while pursuing new standards and technology that will provide superior protection to the community.
The City of Rochester has one of the busiest EMS systems in the state. With demand for service continuing to increase an ongoing evaluation of service is required. In addition, a successful candidate should be experienced in developing and implementing strategic long-range planning, training programs, supervisory and performance accountability, systems and departmental policies, standard operating procedures, and standard operating guidelines that are consistent with nationally recognized standards and best practices.
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To learn more about the position and other employment opportunities, visit www.RochesterNH.net. Contact the Human Resources Department at (603) 335-7603 for general inquiries and additional information.