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Former City fire chief hired as County director

Dan Lemieux is coming back to the Grande Prairie region. The former Grande Prairie Fire Chief has been hired as the new Community Services Director for the County of Grande Prairie.

Lemieux left the Grande Prairie Fire Department in the fall of 2017 to be Director of Emergency Services and Fire Chief for Strathcona County. He spent 27 years with the City, and County CAO Bill Rogan says they’re excited to have him join their ranks.

“Anyone that’s joining us that has that intimate knowledge of the region and our other regional partners [is an asset]. He’s very familiar with a lot of the elected officials and administrators across the region, which will obviously give him a leg up the day he starts.”

As Director of Community Services, Lemieux will oversee the Agriculture, Regional Enforcement Services, Family and Community Support Services, Regional Fire Service, and Parks and Recreation departments. Rogan says he has a wealth of experience in those areas.

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“[He’s spent] a lot of time in the fire service, which is one of the areas he will cover for us. He has experience in enforcement services… and a touch of public works. He’s done some human resources consulting, and over and above his work with the city he’s also done some leadership training through GPRC.”

Lemieux is replacing Acting Director Kathleen Turner, who has been in the position on a temporary basis since former director Arlen Miller took a job as Infrastructure & Protective Services Deputy Director for the City. Lemieux says he’s looking forward to the new opportunity, which will begin August 7th.

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