Chief Ripley gone from Kentville Fire Department

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By Jennifer Hoegg

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Kentville’s fire department and its chief have parted ways.

According to statement from the department issued Tuesday evening, Shawn Ripley is no longer with the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department as of Aug. 7.

“The Board of Directors of the Fire Department wishes to thank Mr. Ripley for his many years of faithful service to the Department and to the people of the Town of Kentville and Municipality of Kings,” stated a press release. The statement noted the terms of his departure are confidential.

Although there was no official word until after the board of directors met with firefighters Tuesday evening, news of Ripley’s departure leaked out earlier in the day.

“The former Chief Ripley was in my office a little while ago and said he was through,” Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum confirmed around 2 p.m.  

Ripley, who has served on the force for more than 30 years, was hired as Kentville’s first full-time, paid chief in May 2010. Before then he served as volunteer chief for 14 years.  The 50-year-old made between $60,000 and $70,000 as chief of the department.

In December 2010, Ripley was suspended with pay for a month for “internal personnel issues.”

In March 2011, a governance report from an independent consultants highlighted human resource and organizational issues within the department.

What happens next?

Deputy Chief Ryan MacEachern and Jeffrey Martin, chairman of the department’s board of directors, stated, members are “prepared to and will step into the ‘gap’ and ensure the continuation of the high quality of service that the Kentville Voluntary Fire Department has always been known for while the search for a replacement for Mr. Ripley proceeds.”

Geographic location: Kentville

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  • koren butler
    August 09, 2012 - 21:10

    This is so sad there will never be another Chief like Mr.Ripley he indeed was the most curtious,caring and down right the best at what he did for kentville and surrounding areas kentville has just had a great loss and I hope and pray whom ever tries to fill his shoes just comes close to his professionalism but I have my doubts !!!! Good Luck Mr.Ripley in what ever you choose to do in your future I am sure you will make a impact on others lifes in whatever you choose to do as you did in the fire department for all the years you served as CHIEF !!!

    • JoanE
      August 14, 2012 - 17:18

      Chief Ripley I too want to Thank-You for all your years of Service and Loyality to the Town of Kentville and surrounding Area as our CHIEF! It is our loss. Thinking of you and your family and wishing you all the best.

    • Patrick
      September 11, 2012 - 15:00

      I have to say i wonder if you would feel the same way if you actual served in the fire service under his command ..Not sure you would.