‘He’s an en­er­getic, ea­ger, go-get­ter’

West Hants hires di­rec­tor of fi­nance as new CAO

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West Hants’ new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer hopes his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude will ben­e­fit the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the years to come.

On March 26, coun­cil of­fi­cially hired Martin Lay­cock, who has been the act­ing chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer since the start of 2018, as its new CAO.

War­den Abra­ham Ze­bian said nearly two dozen pro­fes­sion­als had ap­plied for the job, which be­came avail­able when coun­cil fired Cathie Os­borne on Jan. 9.

“He has the ex­pe­ri­ence, he has the knowl­edge of the county, he has knowl­edge of staff,” said Ze­bian. “He’s very fa­mil­iar with coun­cil. His knowl­edge of the MGA is sec­ond to none and he has an in­cred­i­bly strong fi­nan­cial back­ground on top of it all. The guy’s got two MBAs. He’s an en­er­getic, ea­ger, goget­ter.”

Lay­cock, who lives in Hal­i­fax with his fam­ily, took on the role of di­rec­tor of fi­nance in the fall of 2014. Ze­bian said dur­ing Lay­cock’s ten­ure with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, he’s spent about 30 per cent of his time in an ‘act­ing CAO’ ca­pac­ity. Ze­bian said coun­cil knows what he’s ca­pa­ble of and feels he is the right fit.

“We have a lot of trust in Martin. He’s go­ing to be very good for our county. He’s in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties in the county, he comes to ev­ery­thing, he sup­ports lo­cal busi­ness here. I think our fu­ture is in­cred­i­bly bright with Martin,” said Ze­bian.

Lay­cock said he’s hon­oured coun­cil se­lected him.

“I’m ex­cited. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity. I’m re­ally hon­oured that coun­cil has shown faith in me to take on the role of chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” said Lay­cock.

When asked what kind of CAO he will be, Lay­cock said, “Hope­fully, I’m an ap­proach­able one; hope­fully, I’m a for­ward-think­ing one; hope­fully, I’m a pos­i­tive one. I’m a fan of pos­i­tiv­ity and I think that you can get a lot more done (when you’re pos­i­tive).”

He said he takes an ‘If you suc­ceed, I suc­ceed ‘ ap­proach to life — and it’s an ap­proach he hopes the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will em­brace.

“I don’t like say­ing no. I like to pro­vide op­tions. I know some­times that’s just the re­al­ity — hav­ing to say ‘no that can’t be done’ — but I think there’s al­ways an op­tion so I’d like to be able to present those to coun­cil so they have all the facts in front of them to make the best de­ci­sions pos­si­ble.”

Both Lay­cock and Ze­bian said the com­ing year is filled with op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­tinue to grow and en­hance the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and they’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing to­gether, es­pe­cially on im­ple­ment­ing West Hants’ strate­gic plan.


West Hants War­den Abra­ham Ze­bian con­grat­u­lates Martin Lay­cock, left, on be­ing hired as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer.

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