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Chief Pilot

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
5506 Old Machias Road
Snohomish , WA 98290
United States

Minimum Certification Required
Commercial Pilot
Minimum Flight Hours Required
All Other Helicopter Jobs
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $89,753 To $126,826
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description
The primary duties of this position are in support of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) aviation unit and equipment. The Chief Pilot manages all aspects of the Air Support Unit (ASU). The ASU provides airborne law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR), and firefighting capabilities to Snohomish County and the region. Responsible for coordinating, monitoring and developing unit training programs, maintaining Sheriff's Office aircraft in accordance with appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations and appropriate aircraft maintenance programs.
Job Requirements


  1. Supervises all aspects of flight training for Sheriff's Office pilots, including conducting pilot proficiency and standardization flights and evaluating prospective pilot applicants; supervises Unit pilots during the instructional process of students. Determines flight status of Unit pilots.
  2. Manages the ASU Training program to include pilots, tactical flight officers, crew chiefs, rescue technicians, flight medics, and ground support team. Ensures accuracy and completeness of aircrew training records.
  3. Oversees the ASU Safety Program and the assigned Aviation Safety Officer. Plans the annual Safety Summit event, organizes and schedules regular Safety Committee meetings, and drafts recommended updates to the safety policy.
  4. Oversees the ASU aircraft maintenance program by coordinating all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance with aircraft maintenance contractors. Ensures aircraft maintenance contracts are renewed. Periodically reviews upcoming inspections and aircraft parts for time remaining to overhaul or retirement. Seeks quotes for replacement parts or overhaul. Coordinates and obtains authorization for all aircraft maintenance.
  5. Manages maintenance records, logs and job tags, and performs other duties related to aircraft and equipment to ensure required standards are met.
  6. Monitors the work of contracted maintenance facilities; evaluates and schedules maintenance in accordance with manufacturer maintenance directives and Sheriff's Office requirements; inspects contract work performed.
  7. Manages ASU Flight Operations to include composing monthly flight schedules, aircrew schedules, and training events.
  8. Coordinates regional air operations and programs as directed by the Special Operations Division Commander.
  9. Manages the ASU annual budget. Creates budget planning reports containing anticipated future maintenance and operational costs. Reviews allocation to ensure that all aircraft fuel and maintenance costs are within the assigned budget. Periodically compiles statistics on operational and budgetary metrics, such as flight hours and significant maintenance expenses, to brief the SCSO chain-of-command.
  10. Coordinates and completes federal grant applications when they become available and are applicable to ASU operations and equipment.
  11. Performs duties as the subject matter expert in all matters relating to aviation and federal Public Use operations for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
  12. Plans, organizes and conducts joint training exercises with local first responder agencies.
  13. Conducts regular meetings and training sessions on a variety of aviation and safety related subjects within SCSO and SAR.
  14. May perform duties as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) and operates all Sheriff’s Office aircraft. Conducts airborne search & rescue, law enforcement, and firefighting duties as assigned.
  15. Conducts Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) training for all TFO’s. Performs duties as TFO with a second pilot when no TFO is available. Remains proficient in the use and operation of all Sheriff’s Office aircraft avionics and special mission equipment.
  16. As a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), conducts all aviator training for pilots to include inflight emergency procedure training, hoist operations, short haul operations, sling load training, low hover ops, snow ops, slope ops, mountain flying, pinnacle landings, confined area landings, and out-of-ground effect operations. Incorporates Crew Resource Management, Risk Assessment/Management, and Aeronautical Decision Making in all operations.
  17. Conducts night vision goggle (NVG) training for all new aircrew members, conducts NVG proficiency training, and assists other Law Enforcement agencies in the state with NVG training and proficiency.


  1. Involved with Northwest Regional Aviation which may include the following: coordinate quarterly meetings and regular joint training events throughout the state with local, state, federal and military aviation units; organizes and supervise a regional Communications Exercise involving all NWRA partners; plans, organizes and supervises a yearly aviation joint training exercise.
  2. Involved with the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Aviation Subcommittee that may include the necessity to develop and write federal grant proposals that involve all UASI partners. Attends UASI meetings as required.
  3. Involved with the Northwest Region of the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA). Assists in promoting APSA activities and programs. Conduct training in areas that affect APSA partners.
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
Bill Quistorf
5506 Old Machias Road
Snohomish, WA WA 98290
United States