Incline Village fire board swears in new employees, ups chief’s pay
By the numbers
Below is a breakdown of current base salaries for various fire chief positions across the region:
$180,590: North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
$165,582: Northstar Fire Protection District
$146,230: City of Reno
$162,157: City of Sparks
$136,638: Truckee Fire Protection District
$132,585: Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District
$141,203: Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District
$117,207: Carson City
Figures are rounded to whole numbers. Salary information does not include benefits packages or other compensation. The information was compiled based on public records requests, and by stats provided by NLTFPD.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One of the highest paid fire protection district chiefs in the region just started making a little bit more.
It was after North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown swore in new firefighters/paramedics Stephen Drescher, Alex Hughes and Micah Wilcock that the board of directors, in their Oct. 21 meeting, discussed Brown’s annual performance evaluation and a possible pay raise.
The board conducted a review of the chief’s evaluation, in which Brown was rated on several criteria, including responsibilities for job knowledge, materials records, problem solving and performance of others, among other abilities.
Following the discussion, the board gave Brown an overall average rating of 4.79, on a scale from 1 to 5.
“I can’t help but think about if I had chosen his career path, comparing myself to this guy, I wouldn’t stack up,” said director Jeff Warner. “I gotta say, I really admire this guy.”
Following the review, the board voted unanimously to provide Brown with a 2 percent pay increase — without a one-time bonus.
The raise comes one year after the chief received a 16 percent bump, which at the time made him the highest paid fire chief in the greater Reno-Tahoe region.
The latest raise increases Brown’s annual base salary from $177,048.64 to $180,589.53, and is retroactive to Oct. 18.
It’s the third raise the fire chief has received in his 8-year tenure with the NLTFPD. When Brown first took the position of fire chief in October 2007, his base salary was $132,000.16. He received a salary increase a year later, up to $138,600.18.
However, he and other fire district staff took a 3.5 percent pay cut in March 2012, when the economy took a nosedive.
After the vote, Brown thanked board directors for their appreciation of his work.
“The great thing about having these discussions in a public meeting, I can be careful what I say either way,” he joked.
With the vote, the NLTFPD chief remains one of the highest paid fire protection district chiefs in the region.
Sparks Fire Department Fire Chief Thomas R. Garrison may be the next comparable chief, earning nearly as much with relative per-capita jurisdiction, making $162,156.80, according to the most recent information available on Transparent Nevada, a database developed by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, providing transparency on state, county and city governments.