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City of Charlottetown parts ways with deputy CAO Scott Messervey

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Scott Messervey was brought on to take some of the load off of Charlottetown CAO Peter Kelly’s shoulders, but the city recently parted ways with Messervey. Kelly is shown here in his office in a file photo.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The City of Charlottetown has parted ways with its deputy chief administrative officer.

The city created the new position and hired Scott Messervey to fill the role on Jan. 22, 2018.

Messervey had been serving as audit director in the province’s auditor general’s office prior to joining the city.

Scott Messervey.
Scott Messervey.

No reason was given, and no one from the city was willing to comment on the matter or say whether he was fired or resigned.

Coun. Julie McCabe, chairwoman of the human resources committee, did send a statement to The Guardian through the city’s communications department.

“Staff was advised that Mr. Messervey would not be continuing his employment with the city on Jan. 23,’’ McCabe said. “We thank Mr. Messervey for his contributions to the city, particularly in the finance department, and wish him well in his future endeavours.’’

The Guardian pressed again, asking why Messervey is no longer with the corporation, whether the personnel move will have any impact on taxpayers and if there are any plans on hiring a new deputy CAO.

“As is the case with all personnel matters, the City of Charlottetown will not be providing further comment,’’ McCabe said, a response the city reiterated from its communications department.

Messervey was brought on to take some of the load off CAO Peter Kelly’s shoulders. Since Kelly arrived in 2016, he had been taking care of the tasks done by four former directors, positions that hadn’t been filled — director of public services, director of corporate services, director of human resources and director of fiscal and development services.

Messervey didn’t respond to an interview request.

Messervey has been in P.E.I. since 2009. In the auditor general’s office, he served as the audit director of financial statements and the audit director of professional practice and quality assurance. He has also worked in the private sector and spent nine years with the auditor general in Nova Scotia.

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