Just in time for budget deliberations to commence, the City of Pitt Meadows has hired itself a new head of finance.
Mark Roberts, who formerly managed the finance department at the City of Port Moody, stepped into his new post earlier this week.
Roberts is filling the shoes of former City finance and facility director Dean Rear, who left earlier this year to take a post as treasury comptroller for Metro Vancouver, explained the City's chief administrative officer Jake Rudolph.
"Mark's combination of creative problem-solving skills, strong financial background, and exposure to municipal service assessments will be helpful as we move forward with our long-term capital and other fiscal challenges," Rudolph said.
In his role with Port Moody, Roberts' portfolio included accounting, financial reporting, taxation and revenue, budgeting, and purchasing.
Rudolph said he was also called upon to provide high-level strategic analysis and advice to the chief administrative officer, the executive leadership team, and council on finance-related matters.
"There is no doubt that municipalities need to look at how to be effective and Mark brings a breadth of experience and fresh eyes to our financial statements and our systems," Rudolph added.
Roberts, who spends his spare time coaching youth soccer for both his son and daughter's teams in the Tri-Cities, has also been an active volunteer in the Village of Anmore - where he served for almost six years on both the finance committee and planning commission.
IN OTHER CITY NEWS
After a brief hiatus, or what the City calls a "summer recess," council is back again.
Following a council in committee meeting on Tuesday, the team is back for its first regular City council meeting of the fall on Tuesday, Sept. 3, starting at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
All City council meetings occur at Pitt Meadows City hall, which is located at 12007 Harris Rd. Agenda, minutes, and sometimes streamed video of council meetings are available online at www.pittmeadows.
bc.ca, under the City hall tab. Among the topics of discussion at the fall meetings, plans for Pitt Meadows 100 year anniversary celebrations are being worked out.
To make the celebrations accessible to all current and former Pitt Meadows residents, special centennial festivities will be added to existing popular community events including Pitt Meadows Day, Canada Day celebrations and A Pitt Meadows Christmas. To volunteer, people can email email@example.com.
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