Clark County Manager Yolanda King announced today that John Steinbeck, the deputy fire chief and emergency manager for the Clark County Fire Department (CCFD), will be the next fire chief upon the retirement of current chief Greg Cassell. The appointment is also subject to ratification by the County Commission on Dec. 3.
"Chief Steinbeck's experience is wide-ranging and deep and he is well respected internally and throughout the community," King said. "He also has excellent working relationships with federal, state, regional and local stakeholders."
"I am so very proud of Clark County's exceptional fire department team," King added. "Chief Cassell has been an incredible leader who has endured many challenges. He will be missed."
The recruitment for a new chief was internal. The first round of interviews included a panel of stakeholders and County department heads who work closely with the fire chief. The panel narrowed the list of applicants to two individuals who moved forward in the process. Fire Department employees were invited to participate in town hall meetings to hear from and ask questions of the finalists. Final interviews were held with King and Chief Cassell.
"The men and women that serve on our fire department are incredible and I am truly humbled by this opportunity," said Steinbeck. "Chief Cassell has done an amazing job and I want to thank Ms. King for entrusting me with this very important position. Working together with all of our community partners, we will continue to provide exceptional service to our community."
Steinbeck started with Clark County as a firefighter in 1990. He has been deputy fire chief/emergency manager since February 2014. Before that, he served as a battalion chief starting in August 2013, a training captain (November 2012 through August 2013), a suppression captain (February 1998 through November 2013), a member of the FEMA search and rescue team (May 1993 to present), and a firefighter and apparatus engineer from February 1998 through September 1990.
The effective date of Steinbeck's appointment would be Feb. 7. Cassell's last day with the CCFD is Feb. 6. The department is the largest in Nevada with 30 full-time fire stations and 10 volunteer fire stations in rural areas. The department received almost 135,000 calls for service in 2018 and sent more than 161,000 pieces of apparatus to those calls. The Fire Department also maintains one of only 28 urban search and rescue teams in the country and provides fire and rescue services to the nation's 9th-busiest airport. Its full-time staff numbers include 700 paid employees and about 200 rural volunteer firefighters.