Jim Geering was named Fire Chief in December 2014 after serving as Acting Fire Chief beginning in September 2014. Geering has spent his entire 34-year career with the Chula Vista Fire Department. He has held nearly every rank and position starting with Fire Fighter and including positions such as Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Training Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, and Interim Fire Chief (in 2008).
Geering earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and is a certified Chief Officer designated by the California State Fire Marshal. Geering was a founding member of the Chula Vista Firefighter's Foundation and of the countywide Firefighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute. He currently serves on the executive board of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association.
Geering has been active in the local community including as a board member of the Chula Vista Boys and Girls Club, and as a youth Pony league and Colt league baseball coach. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the South Bay Family YMCA. He was born and raised in Chula Vista and a lifelong resident.