New title for fire chief in South Dundas

New title for fire chief in South Dundas'

By Greg Peerenboom, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
Published: March 28, 2016
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South Dundas council will have a special meeting with its three deputy fire chiefs Tuesday to finalize the search for a new fire chief who will take on a new title.<p>Two Iroquois firefighters in training for the 2015 firefighting games. South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services Facebook/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network

"We're bringing in the three deputy chiefs to review the job requirements," said Mayor Evonne Delegarde.

Instead of fire chief, council has decided to extend a corporate restructuring initiative that will change the title to director of fire and emergency services.

"There are a lot of similarities," she said of the duties required for both chief and director.

Former fire chief Chris McDonough resigned earlier this month, but was on leave of absence for almost two months previously.

Delegarde said McDonough's duties, so far, have been taken care of satisfactorily by the three deputies, an administrative assistant and CAO Shannon Geraghty.

The township has not released the reasons for his resignation or whether there is a severance package involved.

Asked if an analysis of the shared duties would shed light on ways to do things differently within fire department management, Delegarde said no report has been prepared by the CAO yet.

She said the chief/director's position can't remain vacant for too much longer.

"Some of the (fire) inspections will be needed; that doesn't get completed by the deputy chiefs.

"They have done it in the past," she said, adding the deputies (who are part-time) would need to put in even more hours to complete these tasks.

"There are several (tasks) like that."

Tuesday's meeting, set for 5:30 p.m., will review an initial job description that council eyeballed at an early meeting.

Delegarde said the talks will try to condense the description by removing some redundancies.

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