Councillor steps down, accepts new staff position at the District

Matt Vader accepts position as the new Manager of Strategic & Support Services in the Lake Country municipality

Carr’s Landing Ward Councillor, Matt Vader, has tendered his resignation to the Corporate Officer and accepted a new staff position as the Manager of Strategic & Support Services
at the District of Lake Country.

Vader was awarded the position after a thorough recruitment process and starts work in his new role on April 10, 2017 at Lake Country Municipal Hall. The position reports directly to Alberto De Feo, Chief Administrative Officer.

“The creation of a Manager of Strategic and Support Services position was approved by a previous Council in 2010 and then put on hold due to the Business Systems Review,” said Mayor James Baker. Growth in the community and the need for the increased capacity in
District staff resulted in the position being posted in February 2017.

Forty-five applications were received and screened by the Human Resources department.
During interviews with the most qualified shortlisted candidates it became evident that Matt Vader was the strongest candidate both in terms of fit for the position and fit for the organization.

Matt Vader holds a Bachelor of Management degree, a Diploma in Business Administration, and is completing a Professional Certificate in Local Government Management, combined
with employment experience in federal, provincial and municipal governments. As well, he is very familiar with community stakeholders, has participated on the Lake Country Economic Planning and Development Committee as well as the Tourism Development
Commission and has been actively involved with senior staff at the District.

Some of the areas of focus for the office of the Manager of Strategic and Support Services are:

  • Provide high level strategic support to the CAO and executive management team in areas of strategic planning, priority or special project management, legal, compliance,and business process improvement functions;
  • Provide guidance and advice for major corporate negotiations;
  • Serve as a principle point of liaison between staff, executive management and funding sources; and
  • Work in collaboration with the CAO regarding First Nations policy.

Due to the vacancy on Council left with Matt Vader’s resignation, a by-election will have to be held as soon as reasonably possible for the Carr’s Landing ward. A by-election is also being planned for the Oyama ward to elect a member of Council to fill the vacant seat left by the passing of Owen Dickie on March 6th. Corporate Services Manager, Reyna Seabrook, presented a report to Council on March 21st to change the mail ballot bylaw to allow for mail ballot voting in a by-election. A by-election for both wards is being planned for June 24, 2017 with advance polls earlier in June. Only registered voters of Oyama may vote in the Oyama ward by-election and Carr’s Landing voters in the Carr’s Landing ward by-election.

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