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SPECIAL: Behind Council - State of Administrations in Manitoba



Welcome to a special episode of Cross Border Interviews! For the past six months, we've delved deep into the world of municipal governance, conversing with the individuals who sit at the council table—the mayors, reeves, wardens, and councillors who shape the future of their communities from coast to coast to coast. It has been an enlightening journey, exploring their visions, passions, and the challenges they face.


However, we recognize that municipalities are not solely operated by those sitting behind the council table.


A robust and stable municipal administration is crucial for the effective functioning of local governments across Canada. Today, we embark on a new chapter, focusing our attention on the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes—the municipal administrators.


Over the next few months, we will have the privilege of speaking with municipal administrators who are the unsung heroes, the front-line warriors in the world of municipal governance.


They are the ones who navigate the complexities of bureaucracy, manage day-to-day operations, and ensure the wheels of local government keep turning smoothly.


To kick off this insightful journey behind the council table, we are delighted to welcome a distinguished guest.


Joining us today is Mr. Duane Nicol, the President of the Manitoba Municipal Administrators.


Mr. Nicol has been serving as the President of this esteemed organization since 2022 and also holds the crucial position of CAO for the City of Selkirk, Manitoba.


In today's discussion, we will dive into the state of municipal administrators in the province, shedding light on the challenges they currently face. We will explore how municipal administrations have adapted in the aftermath of the global pandemic, discussing the unique experiences and lessons learned from these extraordinary times. Additionally, we will examine the critical topic of transparency in today's digital age, where information flows freely and accountability is more important than ever.


Together with Mr. Nicol, we will strive to understand the municipal administrators role the trials they encounter, and their aspirations for the future of municipal governance.


So, sit back, relax, and get ready to explore the hidden workings of Canada's municipal administrations.

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