The chief of the Clark County Fire Department is moving to California to head the Pasadena Fire Department.
Fire Chief Bertral “Bert” Washington has served with the department since November 2010, Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said Thursday. Washington’s last day will be Dec. 12.
His first day as fire chief of the Los Angeles suburb will be Dec. 15, Pasadena spokesman William Boyer said in a news release.
Washington earned $224,332 in total pay and benefits in 2013.
The terms for his new salary are still being negotiated, Boyer said, but the most he will make as Pasadena fire chief is $228,000.
Washington was one of 42 applicants for the Pasadena position, Boyer said. He went through a nationwide recruitment process and several panel interviews, which included community members and city officials. Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck made the final decision.
“Chief Washington’s collaborative leadership style, his experience leading a complex organization and professional training made him the top choice,” Beck said.
Clark County has Nevada’s largest fire department, which is responsible for about 900,000 residents and has 703 full-time employees. It responded to 143,263 incidents in 2013.
Pasadena, by comparison, has 175 full-time employees and responds to about 15,000 incidents annually, according to city estimates. Pasadena has a population of about 140,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Clark County Manager Don Burnette will determine the hiring process for the next fire chief, Pappa said.
Washington has an associate’s degree in fire science management from the College of Southern Nevada, a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in public administration from UNLV. He is the Clark County Fire Department’s ninth fire chief since 1954, when it was founded.
Before he joined the department as chief four years ago, Washington worked with the Las Vegas Fire Department for 16 years as an assistant fire chief, battalion chief, fire captain, training officer and firefighter.
Washington is moving to Pasadena with his wife, Cheri Washington, his 13-year-old son, Chandler, and his 11-year-old daughter, Blaire.
“Although I will miss working with the men and women of the Clark County Fire Department, as well as our local, state and federal partners, we are excited to rejoin our family in Southern California and be a part of the tradition and innovation that lives in Pasadena,” Washington said in a news release.
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