Yuba City Fire Chief Appointment
Yuba City Fire Chief Appointment
Posted on 12/31/2019


Date: December 31, 2019

CONTACT: Michael Rock, City Manager                             

Contact Phone: 530-822-4602

Email: [email protected]




Yuba City, CA - December 31, 2019. The City of Yuba City is pleased to announce the appointment of Jesse Alexander as the City’s new Fire Chief, effective January 13, 2020.  Chief Alexander joins Yuba City with twenty (20) years of fire service.


“We are honored and proud to have Chief Alexander join the Yuba City Fire Department team,” said City Manager Michael Rock. “Chief Alexander’s extensive years of experience and expertise will be a great compliment to our outstanding Fire Department.  He is a very talented leader with broad experiences responding to large-scale events and has served as commander on several high-hazard incidents.”


Chief Alexander joins us from the Chico Fire Department where he has served the past four years as Division Chief in charge of Training and Administration, focusing on emergency management. Chief Alexander began his firefighting career with CallFire in the Auburn area.  In 2001, he joined the City of Chico Fire Department and served on the Department’s Rescue Team specializing in Swiftwater Rescue. Chief Alexander has held key operational positions on multiple high-profile incidents, including the Oroville Spillway Incident, Stoney Fire, Thomas Fire, and Fentanyl-Mass Overdose.  Chief Alexander served as Branch Director on the Camp Fire, performing the largest search and rescue operation in California history.


Chief Alexander states “It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen to lead the women and men of the Yuba City Fire Department and serve the citizens of Yuba City.”


The Yuba City Fire Department has been without a permanent Fire Chief since July 2019.  Recruitment for the Fire Chief position was conducted by an outside firm, Bob Murray & Associates, who specializes in executive recruitment.  The recruitment process was highly competitive, the search resulted in 25 applicants.  The leading candidates went through an extensive process involving panel interviews and background investigations resulting in Jesse Alexander being the top choice for Yuba City.