Wanted: An entomologist for the City of Winnipeg.
Taz Stuart is no longer the city’s top go-to bug man, officials said on Wednesday. “I can confirm Taz Stuart is no longer an employee of the City of Winnipeg,” city spokesperson Steve West said in an e-mail.
The quiet and unexpected departure of Stuart comes late in the summer, weeks after the city last fogged for mosquitoes.
Stuart was hired in 2004 after coming from the City of Regina, where he held a similar role for over a decade. He replaced outgoing entomologist Randy Gadawski at the time.
Stuart last spoke to the media in July amidst a fogging campaign to ward off nuisance mosquitoes as trap counts were climbing higher.
A replacement for Stuart’s entomologist position hasn’t been named.