Craig MacLean has taken over as the City of Yellowknife’s director of public safety and Nelson Johnson is the new fire chief, the municipality said on Thursday.
In a news release, the city said the pair began their roles on Tuesday this week. The city had spent at least half a year searching for a replacement fire chief after John Fredericks left the role.
New appointment Johnson, the city said, was previously the fire chief in Minden, a township of 6,000 people northeast of Toronto. He has also served in Iqaluit’s fire department and as an instructor.
MacLean replaces former public safety director Jennifer Hunt-Poitras, who had held the post since May last year. The city said Hunt-Poitras was relocating to Nunavut.
MacLean joined Yellowknife’s fire division as a paid on-call firefighter in 2002, the city said, and has been the deputy fire chief of operations for the pat 12 years.