James William Sales, a 27-year fire service veteran, was appointed today by Toronto City Council to the position of Fire Chief and General Manager, Toronto Fire Services, effective the earliest date possible, as per release. "We are excited to have Jim join the City and are looking forward to working with him,"said Mayor Rob Ford.
"I know the City of Toronto will benefit greatly from the unique blend of senior municipal experience Jim brings to the position. He has a proven track record regarding his ability to build relationships with staff and members of Council," said John Livey, Deputy City Manager for Cluster B Services that includes Fire Services.In Sales' current role as General Manager of Community Operations for the City of Barrie (2008- present) and in his previous position as Markham's Commissioner of Community and Fire Services (2001-2008), Fire Services has reported directly to him. Earlier in his career, he served as Fire Chief in Markham (2000-2001) and as the City of Edmonton, Alberta's Fire Chief from 1998-2000. Sales, who began his career as a Fire/EMS responder, has experience working in a variety or work environments including rural, suburban, urban and industrial areas.
"I am proud and honoured to be selected by Toronto City Council as the City's new Fire Chief. I look forward to supporting the City's strategic vision and to helping Toronto Fire Services continue its proud tradition and to actively contributing to improve the effectiveness of the services provided to the public," said Sales.