New year brings Ch­ester a new CAO

South Shore Breaker - - Page Two - HEATHER LAURA CLARKE ed­i­[email protected]­breaker.ca

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.”

Ryan Taplin / The Chron­i­cle Her­ald

Pleas­ant St. in Ch­ester.

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