Dave Van Valkenburg was appointed by the Board of Commissioners as the Interim Fire Chief on September 1, 2023.
Chief Van Valkenburg served as the Assistant Chief of Operations, and before joining South King Fire, he was a Deputy Chief at Kirkland Fire Department. In his 30-plus years of fire service experience, Chief Van Valkenburg has served in management and organized labor leadership positions at Kirkland and Bothell fire departments. Chief Van Valkenburg has a wide range of experience from his demonstrated progressive career advancement as a Firefighter, Company Officer, Fire Inspector, Training Officer, Battalion Chief, and Chief of Operations.
Recently, Chief Van Valkenburg has been awarded a Unit Citation and has twice been recognized for Distinguished Service Awards. The King County Fire Chiefs recognized him for his efforts during the 2020 COVID response and for participating with the King County Fire Chiefs Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Additionally, he is a certified fire service instructor who regularly teaches for the Washington State Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy.
Chief Van Valkenburg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership from Creighton University and has completed the Executive Leadership Academy from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.