At the Carlow Mayo Township council meeting on Aug. 10, council passed three bylaws; two bylaws to appoint their current community fire safety officer and community emergency management coordinator Dwayne Meharrie as the deputy clerk and bylaw officer and John Mayhew as their new public works manager, replacing Charles Mackey, who recently retired from the position.
Mayor Bonnie Adams introduced the bylaws to enact these staffing changes. Under bylaw 26-2021 and bylaw 27-2021, Meharrie was appointed the new deputy clerk, replacing Jenny Snider, who took over the clerk and treasurer position from Arlene Cox when she retired last month. He was also appointed bylaw enforcement officer for the township. Under bylaw 28-2021, Mayhew was appointed the new public works manager.
According to Jenny Snider, the clerk and treasurer, Mayhew brings with him 11 years experience in municipal service and 25 years experience as a 310T Truck and Coach technician.
“[Mayhew] says he is very thankful for the chance to join our team and is looking forward to the challenge,” she says.
Meharrie said that due to some scheduled staffing absences at the township, council appointed him as deputy clerk to fill in the role during this absence. He said they also appointed him as bylaw enforcement officer, as municipal law enforcement status is required to complete some of the required duties of the CFSO/CEMC.
“I come to the township of Carlow Mayo with nine years of previous fire service experience. I have several fire service certificates including firefighter level one and two, fire and emergency services instructor level one, fire officer level one and two and I am currently working on my fire investigator level one certification,” he says.
A graduate of the Humber College Fire Services Executive Management Certificate Program, Meharrie also holds various other courses related to fire and emergency management including certificates from Emergency Management Ontario on basic emergency management and basic incident management systems. He is also a certified fire and life safety educator and fire inspector.
“I am excited to be working in my new role as CFSO and CEMC to oversee and continue to improve the fire and emergency management programs for the township of Carlow Mayo.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times