The City of Nanaimo has hired Brad McRae to fill the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer (COO). Mr. McRae, who previously served two BC communities as their Chief Administrative Officer (District of Lantzville and District of Lillooet), will provide executive leadership for the operational departments of Public Works, Engineering, Fire/Emergency Management and Facilities. He is scheduled to begin his new role during the first week of October.
Strategic Link: Governance Renewal - this priority guides Council and staff in renewing the City’s capacity to effectively and efficiently serve the residents of our community.
The introduction of the COO position supports the phased and integrated approach to organizational restructuring which the City began undertaking in June 2016 as it prepares to implement recommendations outlined in the recently completed Core Services Review.
With City operations representing a notable focus area in the Core Service Review's Final Report, Mr. McRae will oversee the implementation of many of the forthcoming recommendations to be approved by Council.
Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the COO position was created following an examination of the City's management needs in conjunction with efforts to fill vacant positions. With the installation of the COO, the position of Director of Engineering and Public Works was eliminated.
Mr. McRae's previous employment includes positions with the District of Lantzville (Chief Administrative Officer), District of Lillooet (Chief Administrative Officer) and the City of North Vancouver (Manager, Bylaw Services).
During his most recent appointment as CAO with the District of Lantzville, Mr McRae initiated an updated Official Community Plan, Water Master Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Financial Review and Community Communications Strategy.
His educational background includes a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Victoria.