Halifax's Peter Kelly confirmed as Charlottetown's CAO

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Former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly will be formally appointed Charlottetown's top administrator today.

Peter Kelly is the City of Charlottetown’s new chief administrative officer, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee confirmed.

As first reported by The Guardian on Monday, Kelly will take on the new job May 1, 2016.

Lee says Kelly was chosen based on his years of extensive experience, both as an administrator and politician.

“We reviewed 57 applications. We shortlisted and interviewed 15 highly qualified candidates,” said Lee.

“After additional interviews, the hiring committee narrowed it down to two people and council made the final decision together. We are confident that from this process, we have chosen the best candidate for the job.”

Kelly began working at the municipal level when he was elected as a town councillor in Bedford, Nova Scotia in 1985 after overseeing employment programs for the province of Nova Scotia for four years. He was elected as the mayor and CEO of the Town of Bedford from 1991-1996.

After serving another term as a councillor, Kelly went on to be elected as the mayor of Halifax where he served until 2012. 

Most recently, Kelly was the chief administrative officer for Westlock County in Alberta.

Charlottetown CAO Donna Waddell, who has been with the city for 29 years, will work with Kelly on the transition to Charlottetown until she retires on April 30.



Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, Bedford Nova Scotia Westlock County Alberta

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  • Islander
    March 31, 2016 - 16:13

    Hard to believe noone from PEI would qualify for this position. That tells me our Human Resources within the City has failed greatly. The Mayor would absolutely be kept in the loop and I dare say would have his opinion how Kelly got this job. Does not say much for the management personell who have been loyal employees for years. lets not forget how fast the last guy left, over the weekend he resigns, gone. Not usually the way things are done. I sure hope Clifford Lee is not sweeping things under the rug. I remember all the troubles Summerside had with their last CAO and X Mayor. Evan Council were not kept informed, but again they all sat there and did nothing about it. They were ruled by fear and intimidation. Millions wasted.

  • wanda woo
    March 31, 2016 - 10:27

    @ John Doe @Fed Up maybe he is the best choice. Lots of experience. Maybe no close relatives or friends who need a job. No backroom boys network. We maybe are getting a good deal here.

  • ajakall
    March 29, 2016 - 16:52

    I hope this is an April fools joke.

  • Fed up
    March 29, 2016 - 16:34

    Unbelievable that they couldn't find a qualified person FROM PEI!?!?

  • jean hallis
    March 29, 2016 - 13:52

    its hard to believe that there is no Islander qualified to do this job that we have to look outside of province.

  • George Mason
    March 29, 2016 - 13:36

    Amazing ! This city is governed by fools.

  • Joe Doe
    March 29, 2016 - 12:55