Posted by Phil Andrews
News of the pending departure of Guelph Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong took our newsroom -- and several members of the Guelph Fire and EMS teams by surprise.
It seems like a parallel move for the respected and accomplished manager.
I wonder if he'll be pleased to avoid some pending labour front issues here. The looming arbitration to sort out the next contract for the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association may invite some tricky days ahead for Armstrong's successor. If the firefighters receive a big raise through that process the suggestion floated by the municipality is that is will have to look to find funds elsewhere in the fire budget to cover that expense. That sounds like a process better observed from elsewhere, say Kingston.
That said, I'm sure similar issues await Armstrong at his next professional station.