Joseph Calhoun was appointed Fire Chief of the City of North Las Vegas on August 14, 2017. Chief Calhoun and his wife Lisa have two girls, Taylor and Emily. Born and raised in northwest Indiana, he began his career in public safety in 1994, first as an EMT and then paramedic before getting hired by the City of Portage Fire Department in 1996.
Throughout his career, Chief Calhoun has served in the ranks as Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Lieutenant, Division Chief of Training, Assistant Chief of EMS Operations and Assistant Chief of Fire Operations. Chief Calhoun also served on the executive board for the local firefighters union, as a SWAT Paramedic, member of the department honor guard, helped to start a countywide technical rescue team and instructed for the regional paramedic program.
Prior to coming to North Las Vegas, he also served over 3 years as the City Administrator for the City of Portage, overseeing the day to day operations of the City and coordinating departments, budgets, human resources and citywide projects.
Chief Calhoun studied Biology at Indiana University Northwest and received his Bachelors with distinction at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Organization Management. He also received the James Fattore Management Award and Award for Academic Excellence from Calumet College of St. Joseph. He plans to continue to further his education in the coming years in graduate school.
Residing in North Las Vegas, Chief Calhoun looks forward to becoming an integral part of the community. He looks forward to listening to the needs of the community as he and his dedicated staff and personnel move the North Las Vegas Fire Department forward. Providing the highest level of service to our residents, businesses and visitors is a priority and he is proud to serve this incredible community.