Born and raised in southern California, and later as a firefighter in Las Vegas NV. for 16 years. He became an assistant chief in 2007, overseeing personnel services for 669 employees, such as workplace safety, legal matters, payroll, hiring, firing and promotions Chief Washington was appointed by the City Manager on December 15, 2014 after 20 years of fire service in Las Vegas, NV. He has worked in all disciplines of the fire service including Administration, Disaster Management, Fire Command, Prevention, Community Relations and Legislation. Chief Washington has a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and has led the department to become accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Washington also has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in English from Howard University and an associate’s degree in fire science management from the College of Southern Nevada. The chief is a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute and is an Executive Fire Officer Program Student at the National Fire Academy.