David Washington, was the first African American fire chief for the City of Las Vegas. He began his career with the city of Las Vegas as a firefighter in 1974 and has since steadily progressed through the ranks. He has served in various capacities, including the community relations specialist, fire administration officer (Captain), Fire training officer (Captain), acting training chief, as well as battalion chief for both training and support services. Prior to being named interim fire chief, he served as the deputy chief/fire marshal. Dave received his associate of arts degree In 1981 and an associate of arts in fire training in 1994, both from the Community College of Southern Nevada. He Is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and continues his education today by taking continuing education courses and special training classes. In addition, served as an adjunct instructor and is currently a Director for the Carl L Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He Is a member of several professional associations such as the Southern Nevada Fire Chiefs Association, the Black Chief Officers Committee, the National, Forum of Black Public Administrators, the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association and the National Fire Protection Association. He Is active in the community, serving on numerous boards including the United Way of Southern Nevada and is the co-founder of Camp Brotherhood. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
As a retired city employee, Dave is still very much involved in the community and has goals that include writing several books and working in middle school classrooms to help shape the thinking and decision making skills of young men and women entering young adulthood.