June 23, 2015, Liverpool, NS: With a unanimous vote by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality’s Council, the Region selected a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Richard MacLellan will start work in mid-July, bringing with him 15 years of management experience in both the government and commercial energy/marine sectors. His career has spanned nine years at the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), most recently as Manager, Energy and Environment. He will begin work at the Region of Queens Municipality in mid-July.
“We are very fortunate to be welcoming Richard MacLellan to the team,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “He has a great reputation as a strong leader of staff, and is an innovative thinker.”
MacLellan has been employed by Halifax Regional Municipality since 2006, and has been Manager of Energy and Environment since 2011. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities award in February 2015, and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM)Climate Leaders award in November 2013. While working with the HRM, much of his focus was on policy and strategy development, project budgets, and staff management.
MacLellan will be the 3rd CAO of the Region of Queens Municipality since its formation following amalgamation in 1996. David Clattenburg was the first CAO, and retired in 2011. From 2011 until the present, Kathleen Rafuse has been CAO, and will retire this summer. “We have been fortunate over the past 19 years to have had such strong CAOs in David Clattenburg and Kathleen Rafuse. I have had the great luck to work with both of them,” said Clarke. “Their knowledge, sound financial planning, strategic thinking and commitment to the community has placed Queens on sound financial footing, and elevated us to a well respected position provincially.”
There will be a short period of overlap as MacLellan familiarizes himself with the community and the position, and Rafuse finalizes the projects in which she has been involved.
“The Region of Queens Municipality has a great reputation across the province; there is business incubation throughout the county, and lots happening there. I was keen to apply for this position because of the strong economic and cultural possibilities in Queens that Council, staff, and community has worked hard to cultivate,” said MacLellan. “It was clear during the recruitment process that my values and interests closely align with those of the Municipality. I am pleased to have this opportunity, and am excited to begin work.”