Highlands East fire chief on medical leave
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | April 3, 2017
Highlands fire Chief Bill Wingrove has taken an extended leave from the fire department.
On March 31, council passed a bylaw to appoint Chris Baughman to the position of acting fire chief. The decision was made during a closed session meeting.
Asked why Wingrove is on leave and for how long, CAO Shannon Hunter simply said, “medical and confidential.”
“I talked to the fire chief and I just wished him well,” said Reeve Dave Burton in an interview. “There’s not much I can say.”
Baughman, a longtime volunteer firefighter and commander at Station 6 in Paudash, was interim fire chief for 10 months about two-and-a-half years ago. He took on the job when Wingrove became interim chief building official (CBO) following Randy Dunsmore’s resignation. They returned to their previous positions when Laurie Devolin was hired as CBO in April 2015.
The recent meeting was closed to the public because it involved “personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal local board employees.” This is one of seven exceptions under section 239 of the Municipal Act that give municipalities the ability to hold a closed meeting.
The Highlander has been unable to reach Wingrove for comment at this time.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.