Former IAFF 6th District Vice President Mike Hurley has won a second term as mayor of Burnaby, British Columbia, after running unopposed in advance of this year’s election.
“I am humbled and honoured to be acclaimed as mayor for four more years. It takes a lot of teamwork and collaboration to get things done,” said Hurley in a social media post. “I look forward to continuing to serve the city’s citizens and to work with brothers and sisters of Burnaby Local 323.”
“On behalf of the brothers and sisters of Burnaby Local 323, we want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Mayor Hurley on his reelection,” said Local 323 President Scott Alleyn. “It has been very rewarding to work with a leader who truly understands the challenges fire fighters face and the needs of the Local 323 membership.”
With strong campaign support from the IAFF, Hurley was first elected in 2018 when he ousted a 16-year incumbent mayor.
Hurley has a long history as a fire fighter and labor leader. He joined the Burnaby Fire Department in 1988, where he rose through the ranks to become an acting assistant fire chief before retiring in 2018. He was also heavily involved with the IAFF and his home local, Burnaby Local 323, serving as president from 2001 to 2009. He would go on to serve as the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association president and IAFF 6th District Vice President.
IAFF General President Edward Kelly welcomed the news that Hurley will continue to lead British Columbia’s third-largest city.
“Mike was a natural leader in the fire service and it’s a tremendous advantage that he’s now using those skills on behalf of all Burnaby citizens,” Kelly said. “His leadership and dedication are a benefit to Burnaby not just in public safety but all areas of civic responsibility. Congratulations to him and to the leadership and members of Local 323.”