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City Council chooses CAO from Peterborough, Ontario as new City Manager for Red Deer

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New City Manager appointed

Red Deer Mayor and City Council are pleased to announce the appointment of a new City Manager, Allan Seabrooke, starting May 13.   Seabrooke most recently held roles as the Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner of Community Services with the City of Peterborough.

“I am honoured and excited to be selected as the new City Manager and to be part of the Red Deer team,” said Seabrooke. “My wife Teresa and I look forward to making Red Deer our home and working with Council, City staff and the community.”

Seabrooke has 30 plus years of experience in both the private and public sectors with education in parks and recreation administration, urban planning, government administration, and horticulture and parks management.

“Allan comes to us with an extensive private and public sector background with specific experience in the municipal sector,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “He has proven to be a strong leader who builds solid relationships with staff and the community. His immediate priorities will be to familiarize himself with the organization and community, and to meet with the corporate leadership team to implement Council’s strategic direction.”

The appointment of Seabrooke is the result of an extensive nation-wide search. The final selection of the City Manager was made unanimously by City Council.

“We received strong interest and numerous applications in our search for a leader who meets our corporate values of respect, integrity, service and excellence,” said Mayor Veer. “Council welcomes Allan to Red Deer as our next City Manager.”

Tara Lodewyk, Director of Planning Services will serve as interim City Manager until May 13 when Seabrooke becomes City Manager.

 

Backgrounder on Allan Seabrooke

1. What is Allan Seabrooke’s background?

Experience:

  •   2015-Present, City of Peterborough

     Commissioner, Community Services Chief Administrative Officer

  •   2013-2015, City of Waterloo
     Commissioner, Community Services
  •   2010-2013, Ontonabee Region Conservation Authority Chief Administrative Officer
  •   2006-2008, City of Markham

o Interim Commissioner, Community and Fire Services and Director,

Strategic Services
 1994-2006, Private Family Enterprise, Peterborough

o Partner and Chief Operating Officer

 1982-1994, Town of Aurora, Mississauga

o Senior Municipal Positions

Credentials:

  •   M.Sc. (Administration – Parks and Recreation), Trent University
  •   B.Sc. (Urban Planning), Trent University
  •   Diploma in Municipal Government Administration, St. Lawrence College
  •   Diploma of Horticulture and Parks Management, University of Guelph

 

2. What are Allan Seabrooke’s responsibilities in Peterborough?

As the Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner, Community Services, Allan Seabrooke held responsibility for overall corporate management, strategic leadership and coordination of three major departments of infrastructure and planning services, corporate and legislative services, and community services. This includes responsibility for a diverse workforce, financial management, major restructuring of the organization and Strategic Plan development.

Following three years as Chief Administrative Officer, Seabrooke has been in the role of Commissioner, Community Services for the past year. Seabrooke made the decision to move from the CAO to the Commissioner role as a result of a restructuring he was implementing amid several immediate retirements from Peterborough’s Corporate Management Team, including in community services. Seabrooke recommended a colleague to become CAO while he moved to the community services portfolio, which enabled him to manage several high profile major projects.

 

3. What was the search and selection process for the City Manager?

Following the retirement announcement by former City Manager Craig Curtis last spring, Council undertook a competitive process to hire a consultant to work with them to manage the process of hiring a new City Manager.

Once the consultant was hired, the search for a new City Manager for The City of Red Deer started in September of 2018. This included a thorough consultation process that involved internal and external stakeholders providing their perspectives on what The City of Red Deer needs in their next City Manager.

The City Manager role was viewed as an attractive opportunity given Red Deer’s growing profile that has attracted events such as the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Convention, the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the 2019 Canada Winter Games to the community.

Over 270 people across Canada were contacted for this search and there was strong interest in the role. The search committee comprised of Mayor Tara Veer and three members of Council reviewed an initial longlist of candidates and then interviewed candidates from that long list. Second interviews and a meeting with City Council was then completed with a short list of candidates.

Allan Seabrooke was determined to be the best candidate for the role of  The City of Red Deer’s City Manager as his leadership and experience aligned with The City’s corporate values of respect, integrity, service and excellence.

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Environmental Master Plan steers Red Deer’s sustainable future

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City Council adopted an updated version of the Environmental Master Plan, a document which will guide Red Deer’s environmental strategy now and into the future.

The Environmental Master Plan (EMP) was originally released in 2011 and serves as a guide to improve environmental sustainability in Red Deer by setting goals and providing short-, medium- and long-term strategies. The EMP is designed to provide The City and the people of Red Deer with a road map to improved environmental performance. The updated plan outlines clear goals and measurable targets, as well as suggested actions for The City to undertake during implementation.

“The EMP refresh is a higher-level document that was designed to provide a foundation for strategic decision making in the future. We focused on six areas: air, ecology, energy, waste, water and community design, which combined transportation and built environment from the previous plan,” said Nancy Hackett, Environmental Initiatives Supervisor, “Each of the sixareas have specific targets and metrics, but we refined the plan to 20 actions that providebroader direction.”

A variety of public engagement sessions provided key community insight that was used to assess current conditions and determine future focuses and goals for the plan. In addition to sessions with targeted community groups, a Community Engagement Group took part in monthly, in-depth sessions to discuss Red Deer’s focus areas, targets and actions for the future.

Now that the plan has been adopted, City Staff will begin implementation to ensure Red Deercontinues on its’ path of reducing its environmental footprint.

A full version of the EMP is available on the City’s website at reddeer.ca/EMP.

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Kick it to the Curb every month this summer!

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From the City of Red Deer: More dates to Kick it to the Curb this summer

Kick it to the Curb has returned with more dates to provide Red Deerians the opportunity to find a new home for unwanted and unused items.

This year, on the third weekend of the month from May to October, residents are encouraged to kick their unwanted items to the curb. Previously, the Kick it to the Curb program ran only twice a year – once in June and again in October.

“Residents love the Kick it to the Curb program, and the feedback we get most is that the event should happen more often,” said Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist. “Since weather is always a factor, and summers are so busy, offering more dates allows for higher participation.”

Residents are encouraged to clearly set out and identify their unwanted items with a “free” label so others can find a new life for them.

Items that are always a hit include books, DVDs, furniture and tools. To see a list of what is prohibited, like child car seats, visit www.reddeer.ca/kickit.

Similar to past years, the Kerry Wood Nature Centre will be offering their Trash to Treasure Swap Meet for anyone who would rather not put small, unwanted items on their curb or whose home doesn’t have a curb. The Trash to Treasure Swap Meet will be held the same six weekends throughout the spring, summer and fall as Kick It to the Curb.

Mark your calendars for Kick It to the Curb weekends: June 15-16, July 20-21, August 17-18, September 21-22, and October 19-20.

For more details, please visit www.reddeer.ca/kickit

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