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HCA appoints new CAO

By Richard Leitner
METROLAND WEST MEDIA GROUP

The Hamilton Conservation Authority’s new chief administrative officer shouldn’t suffer any saddle sores when he assumes the reins early next month.

Chris Firth-Eagland served as the authority’s chair for seven years as part of a 10-year stint on the board of directors before deciding not to seek reappointment last year.

During that tenure, the Dundas resident helped guide the authority through some tough spots, including how to deal with an overpopulation of deer at Iroquoia Heights and the aging Crooks’ Hollow dam.

He is also a past city manager in the parks and public works departments, and has played a key role for Hamilton Waterfront Trust as a design and construction contractor.

He replaces Steve Miazga, who retires at the end of this year, and beat out 73 other applicants for the position.

“I’m very, very excited. It’s almost like coming home. There’s no job I’d rather do,” said Firth-Eagland, 60.

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