Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada announced his retirement today
after 20 years of service with the City of Gainesville. City Manager Kip
Padgett said he appreciates Chief Canada’s leadership during the
transition into a new Fire Station and the creation of the Georgia
Search and Rescue Task Force Team One. In addition, under Jon’s
management, the Fire Department has maintained a Class II Insurance
rating, one of only a few in Georgia.
Mayor Danny Dunagan said Chief Canada’s commitment to the Fire
Department was unparalleled. “Jon grew up in the Fire Department
and has spent the majority of his life working with and for the residents
of Gainesville. We have benefitted greatly from his knowledge of fire
service and his dedication to this community.  He will be greatly
missed,” Mayor Dunagan said.
In his retirement announcement Chief Canada said he has enjoyed his
time with the City of Gainesville and appreciates the opportunities that
have been afforded to him during his tenure. He is looking forward to
spending time with his family and pursuing other opportunities in the
private business sector. Chief Canada has served as Chief since February 2008.
Padgett said he will appoint an interim Chief prior to Chief Canada’s
departure October 12 and begin the recruitment process soon for a new