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City Council Evaluates New Classification and Salary of Supervising Fire Inspector

Published on Monday, October 19, 2020 | 1:00 am

The City Council is expected to pass a resolution Monday approving the new Fire Department position of Supervising Fire Inspector, who will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

The bureau’s activities include code enforcement, fire inspections, plan review, and enforcement of the hazardous material regulatory program, among other functions.

The resolution, once passed, will set the new Supervising Fire Inspector’s annual salary rate at $113,609, according to an agenda report prepared by the Department of Human Resources.

According to Human Resources, the new nonsworn supervisory position is responsible for managing staff engaged in fire inspection. It will perform the most complex and largest-scale inspections and develop and implement fire education programs.

Human Resources said they recommended the new classification in the Pasadena Fire Department as part of a recent review as required under the city’s Manual of Personnel and Administrative Rules.

“The creation of a hierarchy within the Inspector Series will help provide a career path for civilian employees within the Fire Department and better leverage the expertise of staff to the benefit of the city and those subject to the regulation of Fire Codes,” Human Resources officials said in the report.

The new classification will be part of the Pasadena Management Association bargaining unit, the report added.

Regarding the fiscal impact, the Human Resources Department said setting up the new position does not require an additional full-time equivalent (FTE) because of an existing vacant Senior Fire Inspector position, with a salary control rate of $100,863, will be reclassified to the new classification.

The additional budgetary cost of approximately $14,400 for fiscal year 2021 will be supported by existing appropriations in a Fire Department building fund budget, the report said.

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