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City of Fresno

Airport Public Safety Manager

Job Announcement – Content

Pay Range: $8291 – $11,401/mo.

The Community of Fresno

The City of Fresno is the largest city in the San Joaquin Valley and the fifth largest city in California, with a population of more than 545,000 residents. Fresno is the financial core of the San Joaquin Valley, and its economy relies on its large-scale agricultural production. Revitalization of Downtown Fresno’s core and the construction of High-Speed Rail are two of many exciting projects that continue to successfully support Fresno’s growing economy.

Fresno provides both private and commercial aviation facilities. A wide variety of commercial air carriers operate flights daily from Fresno Yosemite International, and Fresno-Chandler Executive Airport, located within two miles from Fresno’s Civic Center, is the largest general aviation airport in central California.

Located in the geographical center of California, Fresno offers many sights. From fertile agricultural fields, an abundance of lakes, and the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountain range, the scenic variety in Fresno is large. Fresno also features a diverse selection of dining, shopping, farmers markets, vibrant arts and culture, wineries, as well as a variety of attractions. With 300 days of sunshine a year, the climate in Fresno is the source of its agricultural productivity, and allows year-round recreational activities including sailing, snow and water skiing, fishing, backpacking, and golfing.

Los Angeles is approximately four hours south and the San Francisco Bay Area is approximately three hours north. Fresno is located in proximity to three sites of natural beauty: Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park. Residents and visitors alike enjoy these scenes and others, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Another advantage to living in Fresno is the exceptional housing that is available at lower price levels than California’s other large metropolitan areas. The current median home price in Fresno is approximately $377,705. There are four large school districts in the Fresno area: Fresno Unified, Central Unified, Sanger Unified and Clovis Unified. Fresno is the home of California State University, Fresno, as well as  a number of other colleges and universities.

The people of Fresno enjoy a wide variety of social, cultural, athletic, educational and recreational activities in an affordable and clean-living environment.

The Department

The Airports Department is charged with the development, maintenance and operation of two airports: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) and Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (FCH). FAT is a joint civil/military airport that serves as the region’s primary airport for a six-county area in the Central San Joaquin Valley. FAT provides twelve (14) non-stop destinations by nine (9) commercial airlines: Aha, Allegiant Air, American, Alaska Air, Delta, , Southwest United, and international carriers Volaris and AeroMexico. FAT’s category III landing system is one of the most sophisticated in the United States. FCH serves the area’s general aviation community and is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as a B-1 facility serving as a “reliever airport” by providing general aviation access to lessen airspace congestion at FAT. These airports are vital components in both the nation’s air transportation infrastructure and the community’s economic growth. The Department is dedicated to maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction by aggressively maintaining air service, enhancing its facilities and keeping its cost structure to the airlines competitive with other airports of similar size. FCH is embarking on a multi-year facility improvement program.

The Department has a staff of 150 employees with an FY23 Operating and Capital budget of $160,919,4010; with a projected 2.2 million passengers expected to utilize the commercial airport.

The Position and the Ideal Candidate

The Airport Public Safety Manager reports to the Director of Aviation or designee. Under general direction, the incumbent plans, organizes, and directs the Public Safety Section of the Airports Department.

The Airport Public Safety Manager oversees airport law enforcement, aviation security, ARFF and traffic control.

Duties of the manager include but not limited to; organizing and directing aircraft rescue and firefighting operations, and general security functions and operations at Airports Department facilities; assumes command at Airport-related emergencies; directs the operation and maintenance of safety equipment, fire and security apparatus, and personnel quarters; reviews aviation security requirements and recommends adopting new or amending existing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal regulatory requirements; and coordinates a comprehensive safety inspection program relating to Airport facilities.  The incumbent supervises the preparation of personal injury and property damage reports; maintains operational records; and administers the budget of the Public Safety Section.

The Director is seeking a service and solution-oriented person that understands law enforcement, emergency response, and aircraft firefighting and rescue operations. A manager who can work collaboratively with other law enforcement, fire and federal agencies to establish mutual protection efforts is essential in this position. The ideal candidate will have a record of straightforward and open communication and a willingness to make effective decisions within the parameters of the position, as well as the ability to effectively manage conflicting perspectives.

The Public Safety Manager must be a strong leader and have knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures relating to the prevention and investigation of aircraft crashes and emergencies; knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing airport security and safety operations, laws of search and seizure, and the elements of misdemeanor and felony offenses; and knowledge of methods and techniques of patrolling and safeguarding buildings, installations, and related facilities.

This position requires satisfactory completion of a law enforcement course certified by California State Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) in accordance with California Penal Code Section 832 and completion of an approved first- aid course; and three years law enforcement experience and two years of accredited college or university coursework in Business or Public Administration, Airport Management, Fire Science, Criminology, or Administration of Justice, and one year experience supervising the fire, crash/rescue, and law enforcement or security functions of a military, small hub, or larger airport.  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License at time of appointment. The incumbent may be required to obtain a valid Class B California Driver’s License, without Air Brake restriction, and with Tank endorsement.

The successful candidate must satisfactorily complete a background review of employment and criminal history covering the past ten years as mandated by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 107.31 for issuance of the required Airport Security Badge.

 Compensation and Benefits

The City offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. The salary for the Airport Public Safety Manager is dependent upon qualifications.  The current annual salary range is $99,492 up to $136,812. The employee benefits package, as noted below, is subject to change and includes:

Retirement: Fresno City Retirement System; reciprocity with other public California systems. The City’s pension funds are among the best-funded public systems in California and the nation. The City does not participate in Social Security.

Health Insurance: The City maintains a PPO plan through the City of Fresno Health and Welfare Trust.  The City contributes toward the current monthly premium for medical, prescription, dental, and vision for employee and dependents.

Flexible Spending Account Program: The City maintains IRS Section 125 Plan that includes spending accounts for health care and dependent care.

Deferred Compensation: 457 plan available which allows tax contribution up to IRS determined limits.

Management Leave: 60 hours per fiscal year with an annual cash out provision.

Annual Leave: 20 days per year of annual leave with a limited cash out provision on an annual basis with cash out provision upon separation from the City.

Holidays: Ten (10) City-observed holidays annually, plus birthday and one (1) personal day per year.

Life Insurance: Equal to annual salary; premium paid by City.

Long-Term Disability: City pays premium for 66.66% of monthly salary up to $7,500 per month after 30 days.

Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP):  DROP is an optional, voluntary program that allows you to have your retirement benefits deposited in a special savings account within your Retirement System all while you continue to work for the City of Fresno.  To participate you must be at least age 50 with 5 years of service.  Benefits include: ownership of DROP account monies; compound interest earnings; and alternative distribution options.

Conditions of Employment

All newly hired and current City employees are required to comply with Administrative Order 6-30 “Employee Covid-19 Safety Protocols.” For more information, please visit: Personnel Services | Policies and MOU’s (

The Selection Process

To pursue this phenomenal career opportunity, please visit our website at  To apply, please complete an employment application and upload your letter of interest, resume, and five work-related references.

Completed applications will be reviewed and a select group of candidates will be invited to interview.  Applicants deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be referred for further consideration.
Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information please refer to our Career Opportunities web page on the City of Fresno web site.