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Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales departs from role

Last Updated Oct 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm EDT

Jim Sales, the chief of Toronto Fire Services, no longer works for the City of Toronto.

Sales had been chief since 2012, and was endorsed by former Mayor Rob Ford for cutting costs.

In a statement released by the City of Toronto, Sales was praised for leading a number of complex and challenging initiatives, improving training and resource management and turning fire prevention from a “proactive” to a “reactive” model.

But as CityNews political specialist Cynthia Mulligan first reported, there were numerous complaints about his performance and others in the department had lost confidence in him.

Sources tell CityNews the public was never at risk.

“It’s been an honour to lead Toronto Fire Services for the past four and a half years,” Sales said in a statement. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish. I sincerely hope that our efforts will provide a strong foundation for the Fire Service to continue to excel.”

Deputy Chief Matthew Pegg will continue in his role as Interim Fire Chief while the City begins the search for a replacement.