By Barb McKay
Kincardine is in the market for a new fire chief.
Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke confirmed Friday that Jamie MacKinnon, fire chief for the Kincardine and Tiverton departments has accepted a position as a maintainer for Ward 2. Clarke said the job came open when the lead hand retired and a maintainer applied for the position, leaving an opening.
“(Jamie) elected to compete for that and succeeded,” he said. “My sense is it was a lifestyle decision. He does have a background in that (work). He did a great job on the competition and we’re very happy for him.”
By default, Clarke will fill in as administrative fire chief until a new chief is recruited. He said he is getting a great deal of support from members of the department, particularly Kincardine station chief Mike Moore and Tiverton station chief Steve Otterman.
“They’ve stepped forward and have given a tremendous amount of support,” Clarke said.
He said the recruitment effort for a new fire chief is expected to be underway this week and the municipality will advertise the position in a number of areas, including the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs website and on the Municipal World job board.
“It’s an attractive situation and we have a very strong management team,” Clarke said. “I think we’ll attract some strong candidates.”