New chief sought

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By An­gela Brown

News Staff North Glen­garry is look­ing for a new part-time fire chief fol­low­ing the re­cent res­ig­na­tion of Stephen Ste­wart.

Mr. Ste­wart, who was the Alexan­dria fire chief and over­saw the Maxville and Ap­ple Hill sta­tions, also had an­other full­time job. He re­mains the Alexan­dria fire chief. “For the last few months we have been op­er­at­ing with the fire chiefs for each sta­tion re­port­ing to me,” CAO Daniel Gagnon told

The new fire chief, who will re­port to the CAO, will over­see the depart­ment which is com­prised of 75 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers and three sta­tion chiefs.

Bernard Lalonde is the depart­ment’s fire ser­vice ad­min­is­tra­tor and the Alexan­dria deputy chief. Mr. Gagnon said the town­ship will re-eval­u­ate Mr. Lalonde’s po­si­tion and the or­ga­ni­za­tional chart for the depart­ment af­ter it fills the chief’s po­si­tion. Mr. Lalonde said he is in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the job. The chief will also pre­pare op­er­at­ing and cap­i­tal bud­gets for the depart­ment and will be re­spon­si­ble for train­ing, in­spec­tions, first re­sponse, and co­or­di­nat­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions. Fe­bru­ary 19 is the dead­line to ap­ply for the post.

At a re­cent meet­ing, mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil for­mally ap­pointed lead­ers of the the three district sta­tions. At the Maxville fire sta­tion, Lo­gan Mcin­tosh is chief and Daniel Bray deputy chief; in Ap­ple Hill, Don­ald McCul­loch is chief and Barry Ben­ton deputy chief. There is no set term for th­ese po­si­tions.

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