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Posted on: December 12, 2023

City Council Unanimously Approves Appointment of Mike Bailey as Permanent Snoqualmie Fire Chief


On December 11, 2023, the Snoqualmie City Council unanimously approved Mayor Katherine Ross’s appointment of Interim Fire Chief Mike Bailey as the permanent chief of the Snoqualmie Fire Department, effective December 12.

Chief Bailey has been a member of the Snoqualmie Fire Dept. for nearly 25 years, previously serving as Deputy Fire Chief for four years, as well as two terms as Interim Fire Chief in 2021 and 2023.  

“I am honored to be chosen to lead the amazing men and women of this department forward into our next chapter,” commented Chief Bailey. “The Valley has been my family’s home for 25 years and I look forward to continuing to serve the residents in this new role.”

Chief Bailey brings with him over 30 years of firefighting experience.  He holds a BA in Political Science, with an emphasis on Public Administration, from Washington State University; is an Executive Fire Officer with the National Fire Academy; and a graduate of both the University of Washington Executive Leadership Academy and the FEMA National Emergency Management Academy. 

“Mike Bailey is well-suited to lead the Snoqualmie Fire Department,” said Mayor Ross. “Serving in many department leadership positions for over two decades, he has a strong track record of accomplishments that have been exemplified throughout his long-tenured career in Snoqualmie.”

City Administrator Chambless said, “Mike is the right choice to lead our fire department. His dedication, strong leadership skills, and connections to his staff and the Snoqualmie Valley community will greatly benefit our residents.” 

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