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George McLellan to Step Down as Chief Administrative Officer

(Monday, August 15/05)-- George McLellan, Chief Administrative Officer for the Halifax Regional Municipality, submitted his resignation today to Mayor Peter Kelly, effective October 1, 2005.

Mr. McLellan, who has served as the municipality’s CAO since 2002, said he intends to seek a new challenge and has accepted a new position in the private sector.

“This has been a very difficult decision for me, because I have enjoyed my career with HRM in the various positions I have had the honour to occupy since the amalgamation,” he said. “While my most special memory will always be with those who have worked so hard to make HRM the most special place to live in the world, I extend my thanks to the residents of this great community, Mayor Kelly, his predecessors and the Councils I have served for their support. I also want to thank the media for the courtesy and fairness they have shown me over the years.”

Mr. McLellan added “I take with me tremendous satisfaction in our common achievements. Together, we have accomplished significant integrity for our standards in the environment, such as the solid waste strategy, the Harbour Solutions Project, environmental controls, waste water stewardship and through our alliance with the Halifax Regional Water Commission.

“Financially, given what is still too high a reliance on property taxes, we are on increasingly stable footing. Finally, the piece that is intended to set the stage for a responsible future with these criteria in mind–the Regional Plan--is well underway now,”
Mr. McLellan concluded.

Born and educated in Sydney, Mr. McLellan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Business Administration degree, and is a Member of the Certified Management Accountants Society (CMA).
He has held several other positions in municipal government and in private industry, most predominately in the banking industry, both in Canada and internationally.

John O’Brien
Corporate Communications Officer
(902) 490-6531




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