The City of Kenora has a new Fire Chief.

Kent Readman, who is currently serving as Dryden's Fire Chief, will take on the role on June 7 as Kenora's outgoing Fire Chief, Todd Skene transitions into retirement.

Todd Skene is retiring after 27 years in fire service, leaving behind a career full of achievements with both the Ministry of Natural Resources and the City of Kenora.

Readman is currently serving as the Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Dryden Fire Service. He joined the fire department in February of 2020 and was named Fire Chief in January of 2021.

"Chief Readman’s leadership, dedication and hard work has helped the continued development of the City’s municipal fire service," said the City of Dryden CAO, Roger Nesbitt.

“I am really looking forward to joining the team in Kenora," said Chief Readman.

"The City has progressive and supportive leadership and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Service is a highly dedicated group committed to protecting the residents and visitors of the city. The fire service in north western Ontario is a close-knit community and I’m excited to continue to be a part of that” added Chief Readman.

Chief Readman has worked throughout Canada for the last 19 years serving as a Volunteer Firefighter, Captain, Training Officer, Director of Emergency Services, Health and Safety Coordinator, Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief.  He is an Adjunct Instructor with the Ontario Fire College and has worked through amalgamation, rebuilding a volunteer service.

“Kent brings a calm demeanour and a strong sense of duty to the Kenora Fire Department. His exceptional focus on training will help support our fire fighters and bolster the tactics within our fire service," said Kyle Attanasio, CAO for the City of Kenora.

"His leadership for the City of Dryden throughout the pandemic has garnered him respect in the region and his energetic and innovative approach will help elevate the department to new heights following the devoted and exemplary leadership of Chief Skene. We are thrilled to have Kent join our team here in Kenora,” added Attanasio.

Deputy Fire Chief Erik Campbell will assume an interim role as Dryden’s Fire Chief while the recruitment process is conducted.