Richard MacLellan resigns as Queens CAO, heads to Bridgewater

by Michael Lee

  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>Chief administrative officer for the Region of Queens Municipality Richard MacLellan pictured on June 13.</p>

Richard MacLellan has resigned as chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Region of Queens Municipality to become the top staffer for the Town of Bridgewater.

MacLellan is replacing Ken Smith who retires this fall after 19 years with the township.

MacLellan said the job will better fit with his family obligations and provide a shorter commute from his home in Tantallon.

Mayor David Dagley of the Region of Queens Municipality accepted MacLellan's resignation on August 22.

"I'll be working hard with [the Region of Queens] for an effective transition," said MacLellan. "It's important to me that we transition well. I've been grateful for the work that I've done here and I want to make sure that I leave on good terms and leave with things in [a] good place."

MacLellan cited forging municipal partnerships with Fort Point Lighthouse, the Visitor Information Centre and Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre as examples of the accomplishments he is most proud of.

"I've really enjoyed seeing this community flourish through unique and new relationships."

MacLellan was chosen as the region's third CAO on June 23, 2015, following the retirement of Kathleen Rafuse.

He spent nine years with the Halifax Regional Municipality, including as Manager of Energy and Environment for nearly four years, and is a recipient of the Sustainable Communities award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Climate Leaders award from the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

"We're very sorry to see him resign his position," said Dagley. "He's been an excellent addition to the team at the Region of Queens and we'll certainly miss him."

The transition could last months but Dagley said MacLellan will be the CAO as long as he is with the Region of Queens.

"After a lengthy search and robust competition, on behalf of Town Council I'm pleased to welcome Richard MacLellan to the Town of Bridgewater team," said Mayor David Mitchell of the Town of Bridgewater in a statement.

"Richard's leadership skills - demonstrated in innovative municipal projects, such as Halifax Solar City and unique community development partnerships in Queens - will be a great addition to Bridgewater and his background aligns with the strategic direction of Council and the vision we and our residents and business owners share for our community."

Mitchell said Smith has been a "tremendous asset" to the town. "He's overseen our Town operations during a period of unprecedented growth and we thank him for the energy, leadership, and wisdom he has brought to our team during his years of service."

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