Transition team to take city in new direction

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE - A new team is in place at city hall to bring a new direction to the operations within the municipal organization.


Summerside Councillor Jeff Sullivan said and executive transition team is in place to include all segments of the city into play.

“That’s an initiative that was put into place by the new CAO, Bob Ashley, soon after his arrival here,” he said. “He did assemble a team to meet periodically and we have met regularly, before Christmas, early in January and February.”

The executive transition team is made up of Ashley, Rob Philpot, the director of financial services, Aaron MacDonald, director of technical services, Councillor Frank Costa and Sullivan.

“There are a lot of elements to it,” he said. “Most of it involves a great deal of discussion and ideas and concepts. Most of it builds on research that Mr. Ashley is doing done for the city and in turn the city organization is engaged in.”

Sullivan said the executive transition team has several objectives it is working towards.

“The goals of the executive team include the following, and this is not an exhaustive list,” he said. “They include collection, discussions and input of councillors; a collection, discussions and input from directors and staff;the encouragement of the engagement of the city organization as a whole as the CAO completes his first six months.”

Sullivan said another goal is “to support good governance at the city council level, to seek development opportunities and to promote open and transparent communication throughout the organization.”

“Hopefully, over time these will help focus council, the CAO and the directors on a strategic plan and to search and support areas of strength and exploit opportunities among the city’s departments,” he said.

The team is also attempting to encourage the development of an innovation of best practices within the organization.

He said there would be one or two more meetings and then the city can take the best practices and start moving forward. 

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