For immediate release

July 15, 2020


CK Fire Hires New Fire Chief

CHATHAM-KENT (July 15, 2020) – Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services is pleased to announce that Ken Labonte has accepted the position of Assistant Fire Chief.

Ken began his firefighting career with the Chatham-Kent Fire Department in 1985, as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Tilbury Fire Department.  Since that time he has moved through the ranks, achieving the positions as Station Captain in November 2004, and Station Chief in April 2010. Ken has been serving in an Acting Assistant Chief capacity since August 2019.

“We are thrilled to have Ken join our senior management team. Chief Labonte has been an exemplary firefighter and officer serving his home Community of Tilbury,” explains Fire Chief Chris Case. “We are delighted he is now joining the Command Team at Headquarters as our latest Assistant Chief where he will serve all our communities in Chatham-Kent. It is great to see our staff develop and achieve progression through our fantastic organization.”

Ken also worked for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in the Social Housing division from March 2007 until present.


For additional information, please contact:

Whitney Burk

Public Educator

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services