No stranger to the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chatham-Kent’s director of planning is stepping into a new role within the municipality.
Bruce McAllister will become the new general manager of community development after the departure of John Norton this past summer.
“A number of foundational pieces have been put into place over the past few years to encourage growth and development in Chatham-Kent,” he said in a release on Wednesday. “However, there are number of other initiatives that are in progress and further steps required to appropriately plan for future sustainable growth in the municipality.
“Despite the various challenges related to COVID, there are a number of exciting projects currently moving forward. I am looking forward to the opportunity and this next chapter in my career.”
McAllister began his career with Kent County in the planning services department, followed by 20 years in the private sector with Storey Samways and Dillon Consulting Ltd.
He returned to the municipality in 2015 as director of planning services, later serving as acting general manager of community development.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Bruce into his new position,” said chief administrative officer Don Shropshire. “He has a strong combination of more than two decades of professional experience in both public and private sectors.”
He said the municipality began a nationwide search to fill the position in September, noting there was a strong response.
“In the end, the interview panel was unanimous in selecting Bruce as our preferred candidate. Bruce’s in-depth knowledge of our community, his strong relationships with council, municipal colleagues, developers and a host of community stakeholders set him apart from all of the other candidates,” Shropshire said.
McAllister has a bachelor of environmental studies from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo. He is a registered professional planner and an accredited professional in leadership in energy and environmental design.
His community involvement includes coaching minor hockey and baseball, as well as serving as a fundraising co-chair with the United Way of Chatham-Kent. He was also a committee member of the Wallaceburg Community Task Force.
“In all of these roles, Bruce has distinguished himself with his commitment to customer service and community engagement. His experience, collaborative style and strategic thinking skills will be a great addition to our management team,” Shropshire added.