Media release: Council Approves New Chief Administrative Officer for Region of Queens Municipality

September 26, 2023; Liverpool, NS: The hiring of a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) was unanimously approved by Region of Queens Municipality’s Council at the September 26, 2023 Regular Council meeting. Council announced the appointment of Cody Joudry as its new CAO, effective in mid November, 2023.

“The Region of Queens requires a CAO who will move the entire organization forward in a unified manner while working for our citizen’s best interest. Cody Joudry has strong communication skills, understands the importance of public engagement, and has illustrated experience guiding council to short- and long-term priority setting.  These are the attributes required to move our community of Queens forward in a positive manner,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.

Bringing over 16 years of municipal experience, Joudry has held key leadership roles, including Director of Development and Tourism at the County of Dufferin in Ontario, Director of Economic Development at the County of Huron in Ontario, and Manager of Economic Development and IT Services at the County of Annapolis in Nova Scotia. His expertise spans diverse areas, including community engagement, strategic planning, economic development, and customer relations.

With family ties extending across Southwest Nova Scotia, Joudry has deep roots in the community. His family originates from Caledonia, and his unwavering dedication to community development has been a consistent hallmark of his career. Joudry is also a proud Mi’kmaw from L’sitkuk First Nation.

Joudry is dedicated to building positive and collaborative relationships with staff, Council, community members, and stakeholders, making this a priority in his new role as Chief Administrative Officer.

“I am honored to serve Region of Queens Municipality and look forward to leveraging my experience and passion in the service and for the prosperity of the residents,” said Joudry.

Since May 2023, the CAO position has been held by Interim CAO Dan MacDougall, who was contracted to assist Region of Queens Municipality’s Council.  There will be a brief period of overlap as Joudry familiarizes himself with the position, and current and upcoming projects, and Council priorities.

“As Cody Joudry prepares to take on the leadership role as CAO, Council is grateful to Interim CAO Dan MacDougall who came to us from retirement after last serving as CAO in the Municipality of the District of Chester.  Dan’s knowledge and sound judgement in the spring and early summer, was valued by Council, and we are pleased to have him back with us again this autumn until Cody takes on this important leadership role,” said Mayor Norman. “Council also thanks staff, as several of the Region of Queens Municipality’s Department Directors served as acting CAO’s over the summer months.  Their dedication to the Municipality and its residents is appreciated,” said Mayor Norman.

Joudry will serve as Region of Queens Municipality’s fifth CAO in the 27 years since amalgamation in 1996.