Mark Phillips is wrapping up as chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town of Kentville, but his days at the helm of a municipality are far from over.
Phillips starts as the CAO for the soon-to-be consolidated region of Windsor-West Hants Sept. 16.
The Town of Windsor and Municipality of the District of West Hants are slated to become one as of April 2020.
Town of Kentville finance director Debra Crowell will serve as interim CAO until the position is filled.
Council is already engaged in the process of finding a replacement. The application process closed Sept. 3.
“It is a top priority,” said Phillips, who has served as the Town of Kentville’s CAO since the spring of 2011.
In a report filed with the agenda for the Sept. 9 Town of Kentville Council Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, Phillips was quoted expressing his gratitude to current and past councils, as well as town employees, for their dedication to providing quality service.
“There have been many challenges and successes that have required healthy debate and thoughtful decision making over the years,” the report reads.
He commended citizens and Kentville’s business community for holding the town to a high standard.
“It’s been a privilege to serve with past and present staff of the town. These are the people who, day after day, listen to the concerns of the community, strategize their response and deliver services and projects to a very, very high standard,” Phillips said. “Most importantly, they conduct themselves with the care of the citizens and the community as their lead motivation. I have witnessed it each and every day.”