Former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly to be named Charlottetown CAO

Dave Stewart
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Charlottetown council meets Tuesday to formally appoint former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly as top administrator. More on Kelly:
- Served as mayor of Halifax from 2000 – 2012
- He didn’t reoffer in the 2012 municipal election after a scandal-plagued term that included a concert spending scandal, and the mishandling of his role as executor to a friend’s estate.
- Has been back in Halifax for the last month after a stint as CAO in Westlock County, Alta.
Source: Metro Halifax

Former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly, seen in this 2012 Metro Halifax file photo, will be Charlottetown's new CAO, sources have told The Guardian.

Former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly is getting the City of Charlottetown’s top non-elected job, The Guardian has learned.

Kelly will be appointed chief administrative officer (CAO) for Prince Edward Island's capital city during a special public meeting of city council on Tuesday at noon.

Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy confirmed Monday that council will meet at noon to deal with the CAO position but he would not comment on who the successful applicant is.

Duffy served on the initial hiring committee with councillors Melissa Hilton and Terry MacLeod. They short-listed a field of 57 applicants provided by Island Recruiting.

“The successful candidate has been chosen," Duffy said. “It requires a resolution of council to appoint the person and that’s what we’ll be doing (Tuesday) at dinner time. I can’t name the person, of course.’’

However, The Guardian has been told by more than one source that the successful applicant is Kelly.

The new CAO will replace interim CAO Donna Waddell, who stepped into the role after Roy Main retired in November.

Kelly will earn a salary between $115,000 and $127,000 as Charlottetown’s CAO. He’ll likely start sometime in late April.

The 57 applications for the job were whittled down to a list of 15. That list was reduced to five applicants and of the five, four chose to be interviewed for the job. Each of the four applicants participated in a 90-minute, face-to-face interview in Charlottetown. City council met with the final two successful applicants.

Kelly served as mayor of Halifax from 2000-12. According to media reports, he had been working as CAO in Westlock, Alta., but chose to come back east after his contract in Westlock expired in February.

In November, he told CBC News that he wanted to use the skills he learned as CAO of the central Alberta town in whatever he does next.

A spokesman for Westlock County praised Kelly’s work as CAO, telling the media, “It’s a tremendous loss for us and our citizens.’’

Kelly had been embroiled in a couple of controversies in Halifax. There was criticism over a $400,000 loan of public money for a concert in 2010, which was not approved by council or reviewed by the city’s legal department.

Kelly also faced heat for his performance as the executor of the will of a 91-year-old woman. He was one of 18 heirs to the estate of about half a million dollars. It took eight years for the estate to be resolved.

Kelly is no stranger to the City of Charlottetown, either.

In July 2015, council voted to accept pay increases of 12 to 22 per cent based on a report prepared by the former Halifax mayor.

Kelly says in the report that he met face to face with the councillors to ask them how much time they committed to the job.

“An extensive review of the compensation for council has not taken place in Charlottetown in the last four years,’’ Kelly says in the report, adding that it was time to bring compensation in Charlottetown in line with other municipalities across the country of similar size.

Organizations: CBC News

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, Westlock County Prince Edward Island Alberta

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • Kirk
    March 30, 2016 - 19:44

    If there is a Provincial law that states the City of Charlottetown cannot run a deficit, what are the Council doing? Simply setting out to break that law? Are we to ignore that we have elected a bunch of law breakers? One can only hope that MacLaughlan will see to it, that this does not take place. One must assume he cannot aid and abet these lawbreakers, - or the law must be removed from the books. We cannot live in a society where laws are meaningless.

  • Checker
    March 29, 2016 - 10:15

    Really? I see here we are also aware of at least part of Mr. Kelly's abysmal record. Do we not have more credible people available? Ask the citizens of Halifax about the once former mayor.

  • Indigo
    March 29, 2016 - 09:43

    It that the best you can do?????????????? Disgraceful.

  • Harold
    March 29, 2016 - 09:34

    A former Mayor of Halifax for this job in Charlottetown? Unfortunate choice to assay the least. His relationship with the City of Charlottetown, as a consultant who gave them all a raise, should have deemed his candidacy invalid,- conflict of interest. Nowhere does it say that he has anything but peripheral knowledge of the job, - a public figure with some less than stellar spots. This smacks of a 'friendship' appointment, and not a healthy choice. Would still like to know the REAL reason Mr. Maine left???

    March 29, 2016 - 09:24

    This is sick, --- This is obviously a thank you for recommending pay increases for the Mayor and Council. Not only that, but his credentials are questionable, - seems to be a Jack of all trades, - make a buck where you can. What was his 'title' when he was hired to recommend the raise??? For that kind of money, it is sad that that is the best the hiring committee can do. I hope the Council votes against it, but that would be too much to hope.

  • de udder guy
    March 29, 2016 - 07:57

    So lets get this straight. The guy recommends what can only be considered, in perspective, huge raises for councillors. Then, having already left one job mired in controversey and scandal, he is the best among almost 60 candidates for the job. Based on this the city council should immediately be absorbed by the provincial government which also has blinders when it comes to issues of transparency, honesty and integrity. Unbelieveable.

  • Adam Gallant
    March 29, 2016 - 07:54

    Wow... Surely there was someone more qualified than Peter Kelly and without all the baggage he carries from his past. This guy left Halifax under a cloud of financial scandal. Maybe his sole qualification is "friend of Clifford's"?

  • Unemployed Islander
    March 29, 2016 - 06:09

    Is there not an Islander qualified for this job ? Seems to be a problem when people don`t question these practices. Always bowing down to kiss people like Homburg etc:

  • Jim
    March 29, 2016 - 05:34

    Looks like he has the experience to pull off the job lol

  • Charlottetown Resident
    March 29, 2016 - 05:29

    Great....a non Charlottetonion/Islander with a past, here to point us in the right direction.

  • Dave Help
    March 28, 2016 - 23:16

    Seriously... this is a huge mistake just ask anyone from Halifax who ever had to deal with him

  • rob
    March 28, 2016 - 22:43

    wow what a shocker !! hire the guy who was key in getting everyone raises . surely there was someone on the list that was just as qualified without the baggage. the kardashions and momma june have nothing on this bunch.

  • Cromwell
    March 28, 2016 - 21:26

    If Mr. Kelly was deemed to be the best of the 57 candidates interviewed, it really speak well of the quality of the other 56. Mind you, Mr. Kelly did have the inside track, given that he deemed that City council members were grossly underpaid, and recommended that they receive significant salary increases - clearly a case of 'Quid Pro Quo'.

  • Raises all around
    March 28, 2016 - 20:59

    Nice reward for writing a report that gave council raises from 12 to 22%.

  • Joe Feehanan
    March 28, 2016 - 19:52

    Is this for real? This man was a terrible mayor with a questionable history of financial scandals. Why on earth would council hire this man?

  • Amazed
    March 28, 2016 - 19:40

    Are you kidding me? So council is giving him a plum job for giving them all a fat pay raise. Not surprisingly, it's pay back time.

  • What
    March 28, 2016 - 18:49

    Was part of his interview a 26 page essay on why city council should get a pay raise? What a coincidence that these things keep happening on your Not So Gentile Island. Quebec and PEI are two broke a@@ provinces who offer Canada nothing but head shaking headlines.

  • Pat McGowan
    March 28, 2016 - 18:05

    Wow! Surprise....I was told by a Councillor that the position would be filled by an Islander,because there was so much talent on PEI.

  • local wag
    March 28, 2016 - 17:43

    Maybe Pete will get the commuter train services to Hunter River and Mount Stewart implemented. The service to Bedford and Windsor Junction still needs some work ...

  • Islander
    March 28, 2016 - 17:40

    Why in Gods name would the City hire an individual with a record like that. Seems like someone looking after someone deal.

    March 28, 2016 - 16:20

    This is what happens when you award the Mayor and Councilors a huge wage increase...Disgusting !!!