Halifax's Peter Kelly confirmed as Charlottetown's CAO

Published on March 29, 2016

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

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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.