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The City of Pleasant Hill is pleased to announce Jamie Xayavong has been appointed as the new Fire Chief. This marks the first time the City has named a female to this full-time role. City Council passed Xayavong’s hiring unanimously on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
“Over the last year, I worked directly with Chief Xayavong during the flood event of July 2018, the fire station renovation and on other regional fire-related issues,” said Mayor Sara Kurovski. “I have experienced firsthand how she exemplifies our Cities’ and the Fire Department’s values through these interactions. I am thrilled to have a passionate public servant filling the role of our next fire chief.”
Xayavong brings 13 years of experience with the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, serving as a Lieutenant and then a Captain. For the past year, she has filled the role of Interim Acting Fire Chief while the City performed a national search for the hiring of this position. Xayavong has exemplified the leadership, professionalism, and technical knowledge to excel as the Fire Chief. Her passion for public service is evident as she held a career with the Polk County Sherriff’s Office for 17 years during her time with the Pleasant Hill Fire Department.
During Xayavong’s time as Interim Acting Fire Chief, she led the transition from fire and paramedic staff serving 12-hour shifts to 24-hour shifts and began the design process for extensive building renovations. She will continue this forward momentum as she prepares to hire a 2nd full-time employee for the first time in the department’s history and sees the largest public facility improvements in our community.
Today, only 4.5% of firefighters are women in the United States of America and only 150 out of nearly 30,000 fire departments have a female Fire Chief according to Women in Fire, an organization that promotes the inclusion of women in fire service around the world.
The City of Pleasant Hill boasts a fifteen-minute commute to downtown Des Moines, strong schools, eight parks, and excellent amenities increasing our residents’ quality of life every day. Grow in Pleasant Hill.