For the first time since 1998 the City of Lloydminster has a new fire chief.
At the July 27 city council meeting, city manager Glenn Carroll named Lloydminster Fire Department (LFD) acting fire chief Jordan Newton the city’s permanent fire chief.
“As everybody knows, unfortunately a few months ago we lost our fire chief, Todd Gustavson,” Carroll said in council. “In the meantime, Jordan Newton, who was deputy fire chief, has been acting in the role of fire chief for the last few months and has been doing a phenomenal job.”
Carroll, along with Lloydminster deputy CAO Kirk Morrison and community services director Don Stang interviewed members of the fire department, RCMP and other stakeholder groups while searching for a candidate. After considering Newton, city administration determined that an external search was unnecessary.
“Through that process, it was deemed that we had our impending fire chief with us the entire time,” Carroll said. “It’s my pleasure to announce officially as of today our permanent full-time fire chief is Mr. Jordan Newton.”
Newton graduated from the firefighter training program at the Lakeland College Vermilion campus and took courses through the National Fire Protection Agency, an international non-profit organization which advocates for fire prevention through research and education. Newton joined the LFD in 2010 as a volunteer and by 2013 he rose to the rank of deputy. Newton became acting fire chief in early May of this year.
“We had two opportunities: look internal first, and if the right candidate wasn’t found internally we would go to an external competition,” Carroll said after the council meeting. “It was determined that Jordan was certainly the right person and thus the acting role came off and effective today he becomes the fire chief of Lloydminster.”
Following Carroll’s announcement, Newton rose from his seat to accept his new duty from Carroll and Mayor Rob Saunders.
“I just want take this opportunity to thank the mayor as well as council, the city administration for allowing me to carry the fire department forward into the future,” Newton said while flanked by the mayor and city manager.
He was only told of his promotion before the meeting. He says there won’t be any major operational changes as a result of his new position. He says he’s excited to become the new fire chief and he wants to continue the work of his predecessor.
“The late fire chief Todd Gustavson taught me a lot,” Newton said. “He took me under his wing many years ago and started teaching me the role and I believe he would be happy and proud (of) the way that we’ll carry on the legacy.”