McAllister to serve as GM of Community Development

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The municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking forward to developing the community.

Chatham-Kent’s director of planning is stepping into a new role within the municipality. Bruce McAllister will become the new general manager of community development after the departure of John Norton this past summer.

“A number of foundational pieces have been put into place over the past few years to encourage growth and development in Chatham-Kent,” said McAllister. “However, there are a number of other initiatives that are in progress and further steps required to plan appropriately for future sustainable growth in the municipality. I am looking forward to the opportunity and this next chapter in my career.”

McAllister began his career with Kent County in the planning services department, followed by 20 years in the private sector with Storey Samways and Dillon Consulting Ltd.

He returned to the municipality in 2015 as director of planning services, later serving as acting general manager of community development.

His community involvement includes coaching in minor hockey and baseball. He has served as a fundraising co-chair with the United Way of Chatham-Kent and was a Committee Member of the Wallaceburg Community Task Force.

Chatham-Kent Chief Administrative Officer Don Shropshire announced the appointment of Bruce McAllister as General Manager of Community Development.

“We are extremely pleased to bring Bruce into his new position,” Shropshire said. “He has a strong combination of more than two decades of professional experience in both the public and private sectors.”

Shropshire said the municipality began a nationwide search to fill the position in September and received an excellent response.

“In the end, the interview panel was unanimous in selecting Bruce as our preferred candidate,” said Shropshire. “Bruce’s in-depth knowledge of our community, his strong relationships with Council, Municipal colleagues, developers and a host of community stakeholders set him apart from all of the other candidates.”

Shropshire added McAllister has distinguished himself with his commitment to customer service and community engagement.

“His experience, collaborative style and strategic thinking skills will be a great addition to our management team,” Shropshire added.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News