New year brings Chester a new CAO
Chester residents, get ready to meet Dan Mcdougall.
He’ll be taking the reigns as the Municipality of Chester’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on Jan. 28, 2019.
Allen Webber, Warden for the Municipality of Chester, says Mcdougall is equipped with “a considerable background in municipal and provincial leadership roles,” including deputy ministerial positions and a 12-year municipal career that included time as CAO of Colchester County and the District of Guysborough.
“We are certainly impressed with Dan’s portfolio,” says Webber. “His skillset, leadership experience and vision correspond very well with our Municipality’s future goals.”
Mcdougall has worked with Housing Nova Scotia, the Department of Municipal Affairs and Service Nova Scotia. He has helped organizations achieve their strategic priorities, as well as provided leadership for initiatives such as the development of small and large recreation complexes, regional solid waste management facilities and business/industrial parks.
He has volunteered for community and professional organizations, and has served on the board of both the Association of Municipal Administrators and the Nova Scotia and Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities.
He says he’s really looking forward to getting to work at the end of January.
“The Municipality of Chester Council and staff teams are strong and have created an environment that is innovative, collaborative and fun,” says Mcdougall. “It is known as a Municipality that is focused on priorities and on getting things done. As the new
CAO, I want to support and build on those attributes.”
Mcdougall graduated from Halifax West High School and went on to study at Dalhousie University, where he earned a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPHED) and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA).
He currently lives in Truro with his wife, Marie, and a very active dog named Chesa. He has one son, Cleary, who is happily working, hiking and skiing out in British Columbia.
Mcdougall himself is very active in sports and physical fitness, and says he can often be found running, cycling and swimming around the community.
“Last summer, I was a participant in the Harbour Swims to raise funds for the United Way,” says Mcdougall. “In two days, I swam across the Sydney, Pictou, Mahone Bay and Halifax Harbours — as well as up the length of St. Peters Canal.”
He and Marie are looking forward to moving back to the South Shore, having enjoyed their experience living in Bridgewater from 1992 to 1995. He was the manager for the Bridgewater Town Centre Development Corporation, and Marie was teaching cosmetology at NSCC’S Annapolis Valley campus in Middleton.
“We loved living on the South Shore, and we look forward to moving to the area to reconnect with friends, and enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities and the arts and culture scene,” says Mcdougall.
“There is a great quality of life in the area, and we look forward to being part of it again.”
Pleasant St. in Chester.