Clark County announces successor to retiring fire chief.

Clark County Deputy Fire Chief John Steinbeck speaks during the Nevada Homeland Security Commission meeting on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The Clark County Fire Department on Friday announced who will be its new leader following Chief Greg Cassell’s retirement in February.

Deputy Fire Chief John Steinbeck will step into the role pending ratification of the appointment by the Clark County Commission on Dec. 3, according to a news release from the Fire Department. Steinbeck started at the department as a firefighter in 1990.

Cassell’s last day as chief will be Feb. 6, the release said. Cassell, who was hired in June 1989, was appointed chief in February 2015.

Recruitment for the fire chief position was done within the department, the release said.

“The men and women that serve on our fire department are incredible and I am truly humbled by this opportunity,” Steinbeck is quoted in the release.

Steinbeck has served as a battalion chief, training captain, suppression captain and has been a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency search and rescue team since 1993, the release said. He was appointed deputy fire chief and emergency manager in February 2014.

Steinbeck is also the chair of the Las Vegas Urban Area Security Initiative Working Group and the co-chair of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group, according to the county’s website.

In January of 2013 Jeff was officially appointed as the fire chief for the NLVFD, and 7 months later accepted a dual role and was also named the interim city manager. Jeff has had responsibility of budgets in the public sector ranging from 32 million to 432 million dollars.

In addition to his duties as Deputy Fire Chief at the CCFD, Jeff is a part-time instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada where he has taught for 8 years. Jeff is a credentialed CFO (chief fire officer), has earned his EFO (executive fire officer) qualification, and has both taught and built curriculum for the National Fire Academy in their leadership programs.  Jeff has written articles for various fire service publications and holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Policy from UNLV.

Jeff is the First Vice President for the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association and member of the governor appointed Fire Services Board for the State of Nevada. Jeff is a past member of the board of directors for Easter Seals of Nevada.

After the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, Steinbeck was the incident commander for the Family Assistance Center and coordinated the Vegas Strong Resilience Center.

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