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The City of Buckhannon is currently accepting application materials from qualified individuals interested in the position of Fire Chief.  Buckhannon is a progressive city located in northcentral West Virginia, with a population of nearly 6,000 residents, and is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College with a student enrollment of about 1,500.  The Department, including the Chief, consists of seven paid members and works in tandem with the 30 members of the Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department and further collaborates with several other volunteer fire departments in Upshur County with a population of about 25,000 residents.  The position of Fire Chief is a combined administrative and operational one, i.e., the fire chief shall be active as a firefighter.  The Fire Department provides fire suppression and prevention, basic life support, hazardous materials’ management, and a variety of other rescue services.  Persons interested in applying for this position may read more about the qualifications for this position by visiting the City’s website at 


The City of Buckhannon is an EEOC employer committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all qualified persons, and employs without regard to any individual’s creed, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, handicap, familial status, or sexual orientation.

The annual compensation for this position will be competitive, and commensurate with the successful applicant’s experience, training, and education, but is expected to be $56,000 - $60,000.  Additionally, the City of Buckhannon offers a competitive, fringe benefits package which includes health insurance and state retirement.

A completed application, available by contacting City Hall, including a current resume and at least three professional references must be either personally delivered to City Hall or submitted by mail postmarked by no later than Saturday, February 24, 2018, addressed to: Mayor of the City of Buckhannon, 70 East Main Street, Buckhannon, WV 26201.  The City Council anticipates the appointment of the new Fire Chief about March 15, 2018, with expected service commencing as early as April 1 but in no event not later than May 1, 2018.  Any questions regarding the Fire Chief position may be directed to either Mayor David McCauley or Director of Finance and Administration Amby Jenkins at 304-472-1651 or by contacting Mrs. Jenkins by e-mail at