Regional Emergency Management Coordinator to retire

Cumberland Regional Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Johnson, has decided it is time to retire. Johnson has been in the role since 2014.

“Mike has served our region well over the last seven years guiding us through some of the most memorable situations of our lives,” said Greg Herrett, CAO for the Municipality of Cumberland. “I want recognize and thank Mike for his leadership and tireless devotion to his responsibilities.”

In his role, Johnson has been responsible for coordinating municipal responses to events such as Hurricane Dorian, the Oxford sinkhole, flooding of the Tantramar Marsh and other low-lying dykelands, closures of the Trans-Canada Highway and emergency preparedness education.

Over the years, Johnson engaged many stakeholders such as the local amateur radio club, NS emergency management office, local ground search and rescue groups, fire and policing services, NS Department of Health and many other volunteers and organizations. These relationships have ensured a coordinated and organized approach to emergency management activities in the Cumberland region.

Recently, Johnson was recognized by the Municipality of Cumberland for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to serving the Municipality of Cumberland and the Towns of Amherst and Oxford as the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management Coordinator, Johnson enjoyed a 30-year career with the RCMP.

“Mike’s boots will be big ones to fill,” Herrett said as he noted that the process to search for a replacement will begin immediately.