After four years at the helm of Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Chief Richard Hildebrand has announced his retirement. His final day with the City will be August 13, 2019.
"I've had an amazing career with the City of Lethbridge," says Chief Hildebrand. "I've had some great experiences and had the opportunity to work with amazing people all while serving the community I love. You can't ask for anything better than that."
Chief Hildebrand's career started with the City of Lethbridge in 1985 when he joined on as one of the City's first Paramedic/Firefighters. In 2000, he served as a Fire Prevention Officer, advancing to the Deputy Chief in 2002. In 2009, he joined the City Manager's office to work on a variety of corporate projects which included leading in the ongoing relationship and contract discussions with the Alberta Health Services ambulance contract and the dispatch integration. These projects supported the retention of Lethbridge's integrated service delivery model.
"We know we have big shoes to fill with Chief Hildebrand's departure, and we thank him for his amazing leadership." says Tony Vanden Heuvel, Director of Community Services for the City of Lethbridge. "We are now undergoing an extensive search to find the best candidate to fill this vital role in our community."
Recruitment for this position has begun with the job posting going out earlier today. The City hopes to have the new Chief in place later this spring, allowing time to transition into the position and train with Chief Hildebrand prior to his retirement.
Tara Grindle, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge