Chief Neves entered the fire service in February of 1979 and has served in excess of 33 years. He is currently the Fire Chief for the Honolulu Fire Department.
Chief Neves serves as a Board of Director for the National Fire Information Council (NFIC), Secretary for the Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association, Vice President for the Western Fire Chiefs Association, and as an assessor for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He has an Associate degree in Fire Science, Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Administration. Chief Neves has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy and has also been awarded the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD). In 2007, the Institution of Fire Engineers presented Chief Neves the grade of Member in the Institution (MIFireE). He is also certified to the level of Fire Officer IV.
In 2005, Chief Neves received a fellowship from the United State Fire Administration (USFA), the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFF), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.