Highlands East hires new staff members

By Angelica Ingram

Feb. 7 2017

The municipality of Highlands East has announced two new additions to their management team.

Stewart Hurd has been hired to fulfill the position of environmental supervisor to take effect Feb. 27.

Hurd will be filling the role previously held by Glen Covert who retired from the position last year.

The news came from the municipality in a press release issued on Jan. 25.

“Stewart is a graduate from Sir Sanford Fleming College with a diploma as an environmental technician” said the release. “In his most recent role Stewart was an operations manager with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). Stewart is a resident of Haliburton County and brings 16 years of water and wastewater experience with him.”

Some of Hurd’s pastimes include spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors said the release.

A permanent resident since 2008 Hurd has previously worked as a water and wastewater operator for a private company and for the City of Toronto as a provincial offences officer.

“That basically included inspection of industrial commercial and institutional facilities and sampling to ensure they are following the bylaw for the sewer use” he said.

A lifelong cottager of Haliburton County Hurd said he’s always been interested in the outdoors and that’s what inspired him to pursue a career in environmental studies.

He is looking forward to the opportunity in Highlands East and working close to home.

“I’m looking forward to continue doing what I’m doing in my neighbourhood” said Hurd.

On Feb. 2 the municipality announced that Josh Bramham will be fulfilling the role of deputy chief building official effective March 6.

“Josh studied architectural technology at Sheridan College and has received Ontario Building Code training through Loyalist College” said the release. “Most recently Josh was employed with Emmerson Lumber Limited as an architectural draftsperson. He also provided building and design services when he was self-employed with Esson Creek Construction.”

Bramham resides in Highlands East and has been working in the field for more than 20 years according to the municipality.