The City of Merritt recently shared its chief administrative officer, Scott Hildebrand, will be leaving to become the new CAO of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
The city’s council has now announced the current deputy CAO, Sean Smith, will be the city’s new CAO. Smith starts Aug. 10.
Smith is no newbie to this role or to the City of Merritt. Since 2017, he served as the director of corporate services. In 2019, he took on additional responsibilities as deputy CAO.
In the past, he worked as a lawyer for a municipal law firm in Victoria. He holds a law degree from the University of Victoria and an economics degree from UBC.
“Residents will appreciate Sean’s energy, commitment to providing exceptional service, and genuine desire to make the City of Merritt the most dynamic small community in British Columbia,” Mayor Linda Brown said in a news release.
“I have seen firsthand that this council wants to challenge the status quo and do local government differently,” Smith said.
“They want to be innovative, nimble and do away with rules for the sake of rules. They want to create a thriving downtown, more high paying jobs, recreational opportunities, and housing, and are implementing policies that support and give weight to those aspirations.”
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