On December 11, 2023, the Snoqualmie City Council unanimously approved Mayor Katherine Ross’s decision to make Interim Fire Chief Mike Bailey the permanent chief of the Snoqualmie Fire Department, starting December 12.
Chief Bailey has worked at the Snoqualmie Fire Department for almost 25 years. He was Deputy Fire Chief for four years and served twice 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,” Chief Bailey said. “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.”
With over 30 years in firefighting, Chief Bailey has a BA in Political Science focusing on Public Administration from Washington State University. He’s an Executive Fire Officer with the National Fire Academy and has completed programs at the University of Washington Executive Leadership Academy and FEMA National Emergency Management Academy.
Mayor Ross remarked, “Mike Bailey is well-suited to lead the Snoqualmie Fire Department. 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 stated, “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.”
Mike Bailey’s appointment as Snoqualmie’s permanent Fire Chief represents a commitment to experienced and dedicated leadership. His longstanding service and connection to the community are key to the ongoing safety and excellence of the Snoqualmie Fire Department.
[Information provided by the City of Snoqualmie]