The City of Barrie has announced the hiring of two top administrators. Wendy Cooke has been named city clerk, while Cory Mainprize has become fire chief.

Cooke has served as deputy city clerk for the past five years with responsibility for the legislative branch that includes council secretariat functions, corporate records and information management, corporate mail and print shop services, administration of vital statistics and management of municipal elections and byelections.

“Wendy has been instrumental in the successful execution of the 2014 municipal election and the 2016 byelection, led the implementation of the electronic approval tracking for council documents and is currently championing the importance of corporate records and information management,” said Dawn McAlpine, Barrie community and corporate services general manager. “The experience she has gained from her almost 29 years in municipal government makes her the perfect fit for city clerk.”

Mainprize has been serving as acting fire chief after having spent 17 years as a firefighter.

“Cory has been a strong advocate for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and has focused on innovative solutions, improved training opportunities and enhanced health and safety initiatives,” said McAlpine. “He has an extensive operational background, demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to continuous improvement for the department, the corporation and the community.”