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2017-06-01 - Mayor and Council Make CAO Permanent

City of Charlottetown Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that Mr. Peter Kelly has been hired permanently as the City’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Kelly was appointed on May 1, 2016 on a probationary period, which has now been lifted. Members of Council completed individual performance evaluations of Mr. Kelly and collectively decided to make him a permanent employee effective May 24, 2017.

"Working with the City of Charlottetown, Mr. Kelly has assisted council and staff in careful budget oversight, which allowed us to mitigate our projected deficit of $1.5 million and start 2017 with a balanced budget," Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said. "He has helped to find efficiencies, improve revenues and fill vacancies. Because of his performance over the past 12 months, and the successes achieved during that time, Council felt it was only fair to make him a permanent employee. Council did indicate in the offer to Mr. Kelly that should he be convicted of being in violation of any law, his employment status would be reviewed."

Mr. Kelly began working at the municipal level when he was elected as a town councillor in Bedford, Nova Scotia in 1985 after overseeing employment programs for the Province of Nova Scotia for four years. He was elected as the Mayor and CEO of the Town of Bedford from 1991-1996. After serving another term as a councillor, Mr. Kelly went on to be elected as the Mayor of Halifax where he served until 2012.

During his time as Mayor, the city attracted high profile national and international events, such as the 2011 Canada Winter Games and Tall Ships festival. Among his legacy projects are a permanent public skating oval, the Halifax Central Library, seven fire halls, five recreational complexes and the World Trade and Convention Centre. He was also instrumental in the creation of new regional and urban development plans for downtown Halifax. Mr. Kelly was the Chief Administrative Officer for Westlock County in Alberta (2014-2016).


Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
City Hall
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