County hires new paramedic chief
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | June 29, 2017
Although he has only been a county employee for seven months, Tim Waite has proved himself worthy of a promotion.
The previous deputy chief of quality assurance and education was recently hired as the new chief of Haliburton County Paramedic Service. He started the job on Monday.
“When I came here as deputy chief, I quickly learned that both the community and ambulance service are truly a hidden gem,” said Waite in an interview. “The people here are excellent to work with.”
Craig Jones was the chief of the department for three years up until his departure in January. It’s unclear why he left.
Jim Young, the deputy chief of operations, filled the position during the vacancy. Waite performed additional duties and human resources manager Andrea Bull also lent her support.
Waite applied because he saw it as an opportunity to “have a more encompassing role.”
Now 52, he started his career as a part-time paramedic at the age of 18 in Muskoka. Since then, his job titles have included: primary care paramedic in Bracebridge, advanced care flight paramedic in Thunder Bay, program manager at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, and most recently, quality and regulations manager for a private health services company in Muskoka.
County CAO Mike Rutter wouldn’t confirm how many people applied out of respect for the applicants.
“I can confirm that we were very happy with the response,” said Rutter.
Waite was chosen by the hiring committee. It includes Rutter, Bull, Warden Brent Devolin and Councillor Murray Fearrey, who is chair of the personnel committee and emergency services committee.
“While Tim is a relatively new hire, he has fit in well with the rest of the management group and his leadership skills have been evident from the start. The committee was impressed with his vision for the service and his approach to leadership,” said Rutter.
As chief, Waite is responsible for the management of the paramedic services and the county’s emergency management program.
The recruitment process for his previous position is underway.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.