Cumberland Hires a Key Deputy Administrator
The Municipality of Cumberland will soon have have a deputy chief administrative officer.
Peter McCracken will join Greg Herrett as the one-two punch atop the administration of the county.
The announcement, today, says McCracken will join the staff on September 1st.
The new administrator comes to Cumberland by way of Colchester County where he served as the manager of corporate planning and strategic initiatives.
He said, “When this opportunity came up, it was too good to pass up. Cumberland County is in a great position with a new vision for the county.” McCracken added, “It’s an exciting time to join the organization.”
The new leader’s career path includes a stint in Yarmouth as director of the joint Municipality/Town of Yarmouth Recreation Department from 2001 to 2005. He graduated to a post in the provincial government as regional manager in the Department of Sport and Recreation, a current area of weakness in the county.
Cumberland’s chief administrative officer says McCracken’s organizational and project management skills are a nice fit for the municipality.
Greg Herrett added, “I’m very pleased to have been able to recruit someone of Peter’s calibre to be our Deputy. He’s well known and well respected in municipal circles in Nova Scotia.”
Herrett said. “With a policing review in full swing and recently completed fire and organizational reviews moving to the implementation stage, Peter’s organizational and project management skills will be a nice fit for the municipality.
McCracken says, “I want to make a difference in municipal government and there’s a lot of excitement around the reset that’s taking place in Cumberland County and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
He joins the county at a key stage. Municipal council recently accepted recommendations in three strategic areas: a complete re-think of the county structure with the former towns of Springhill and Parrsboro; a call for a new policing arrangement; and a detailed report on strengthening and delivering improved fire services.
While consultant’s were hired to propose new initiatives, it will be up to staff to plan and deliver the process for change —a strength demonstrated in McCracken’s resume.
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