Sherry Colford Named as New Fire Chief

Monday, June 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The City of St. John’s is pleased to announce that a new Fire Chief has been selected for the St. John’s Regional Fire Department. Sherry Colford has been with the fire department for the last 15 years, most recently as the Manager of 911 and Fire Prevention. Ms. Colford assumes responsibility for the department effective immediately.

Recruitment for a new Fire Chief began two months ago when Chief Jerry Peach announced his retirement. The selection process involved a regional panel comprised of municipal executives and human resources personnel from the municipalities services by the SJRFD.

“We were very pleased by the quality of candidates for this important position and look forward to Ms. Colford’s leadership,” said St. John’s City Manager Kevin Breen. “Ms. Colford has experience leading large-scale projects, such as the provincial 911 implementation, and is an experienced manager of operations and staff. Her training as a fire fighter and communications manager, years of experience at the fire department and her interest and skill in continuous improvement make her an ideal candidate for this high profile position.”

“Council is very pleased by this selection and proud that Ms. Colford will be the City’s first female Fire Chief,” said Councillor Sandy Hickman, lead Councillor and co-chair of the Regional Fire Services Committee along with Mount Pearl city Councillor Andrew Ledwell. “We look forward to her counsel and direction as the St. John’s Regional Fire Department continues to provide quality service to the residents of our region.”
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