Sherwood Park's Jeff Hutton has been appointed as the new director of emergency services and fire chief for Strathcona County.
Hutton has been working with Strathcona County for 37 years, including serving as the Utilities Director for 12 years. He also has advanced training in leadership and emergency management.
"I've been working with the department on a temporary basis since the beginning of July. I'm just really excited to have the chance to lead the team here that's responsible for fire rescue and EMS services for our community," said Hutton.
In the past, Hutton has worked with Emergency Services as part of an Incident Management Team that was deployed to High River in 2013, as well as with the Incident Management Team that oversaw the Fort McMurray and area evacuee response in Strathcona County during the fires in 2016.
Hutton said that he hopes to help bring new innovations to the department.
"This department has a tradition of excellence and I'm excited to be part of this team and excited to be able to continue to contribute to Strathcona County. It's a place I've worked for many years and a place I call home."
Hutton currently lives in Sherwood Park with his wife and two daughters.