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The Chief: From Elected to Executive

Welcome to 'Municipal Affairs”, I'm your host, Chris Brown.

Today marks the continuation of our ongoing series dedicated to exploring the vital role of Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) in municipal governance. In this installment, we explore a fascinating phenomenon: the transition from elected office to the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) within municipalities.

Our discussion will centre on the experiences of three distinguished guests who have traversed this unique path, offering insights from different regions across Canada.

First, we have Duane Nicol, who brings a wealth of experience from the City of Selkirk, Manitoba. Having served on the City Council for over a decade before assuming the position of CAO in 2014, Duane offers a firsthand perspective on the transition from elected representative to administrative leader.

Joining us as well is Jocelyn Whaley, whose journey spans multiple municipalities in Alberta and Manitoba. After her tenure as a Councillor in Leduc County, Alberta, Jocelyn took on the role of CAO in both Brazeau County, Alberta and the RM. of Riding Mountain West, Manitoba. Currently serving as Director of Infrastructure in Athabasca County, Jocelyn offers a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in such transitions.

Lastly, we have Jody Murray, whose experience bridges the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. From her time as Mayor of the Town of Bishop Falls to her current role as CAO of the Town of Portugal Cove - St. Philip's, Jody brings insights shaped by her diverse municipal leadership journey.

Throughout our discussion, we'll explore the motivations behind these transitions, the skills and perspectives gained from elected office, and the nuances of balancing administrative duties with political acumen.

Join us as we delve into this intriguing intersection of municipal governance and leadership.

This is Municipal Affairs.

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