Following a nationwide search, Chula Vista’s Mayor and City Councilmembers have approved the appointment of Stephen Jeff Piechura as the City’s new Fire Chief. Currently, Piechura is Fire Chief of the Northwest Fire/Rescue District in Southern Arizona. He is expected to assume his new position with the City of Chula Vista in early November.
The 49-year old Tucson resident has a long and distinguished career in municipal and county fire services. Piechura began his fire career in 1979 when he joined Arizona’s Rural/Metro Corporation as a firefighter for Maricopa County and Mesa, Arizona. In 1981, he became a firefighter/engineer with the Scottsdale Fire Department. Piechura joined the Northwest Fire District as a Captain in 1984 and has been serving as Chief of that agency since 1991. Since he’s been Chief, the agency has grown from 28 full time employees to 232 today. Recently, the Fire District received accreditation status with the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
As Chief of Chula Vista’s Fire Department, Piechura will manage a $23 million budget and oversee a sworn staff of 117 members and nine fire stations.
Piechura earned a Bachelors of Applied Science in Fire Management at Arizona State University (ASU). He is currently working on his Post Graduate project in Fire Administration at ASU.
In 2005, Piechura received the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association “Fire Chief of the Year” award. He is the past president of the Pima County Fire Chiefs Association and a member of the National Fire Protection Association. The Chief is an instructor on Fire Service Ethics at the Arizona State University Fire Institute.
In his off time, the father of five children spends his time as an interscholastic high school basketball referee and baseball official.