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Robert Ellis has been appointed as the new Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipal District of Bighorn, replacing Martin Buckley, who is retiring on December 31st, 2018. Ellis will take over as C.A.O. effective January 1st, 2019.
M.D. Council gave all three readings to the bylaw to appoint Ellis at a Special meeting held this morning.
“Robert was our sole candidate very early in the process: it was important to our organization that the new C.A.O. have familiarity with the M.D. of Bighorn and our many pressing issues, as well as being a strong individual with well-rounded municipal administrative knowledge. Council is very confident in Rob’s abilities, know his skill set, and strongly believe he is the ideal person for the position.” stated Reeve Dene Cooper.
Ellis has been the M.D.’s Director of Planning Services since December 2012, and served as the acting C.A.O. for approximately eight months in 2017, during Buckley’s leave of absence for medical reasons. Ellis previously worked for the Town of Canmore, in the Planning and Development and Community Services departments, in the mid 1990’s – late 2006, and has also worked in the private sector for Price Waterhouse Coopers, Three Sisters Mountain Village and the IBI Group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Environmental Design, both from the University of Calgary, and a Local Government Certificate from the University of Alberta. He resides with his family in Canmore.
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