Nanaimo City Council appoints Dale Lindsay as new Chief Administrative Officer


After an extensive recruitment process, Mayor and Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Lindsay as the new Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Nanaimo. Mr. Lindsay was appointed at a Special Council meeting held on September 7, 2023 and will begin his new role as Chief Administrative Officer on October 2, 2023.

Mr. Lindsay brings with him 29 years of progressive management and leadership experience working in local government, including 27 years at the City of Nanaimo. As a graduate from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, Mr. Lindsay maintains his professional credentials as a Registered Professional Planner and is a member of both the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) and the Local Government Management Association (LGMA).

In recent years, Mr. Lindsay has served as the City’s Director of Community Development (2013-2019), General Manager of Development Services (2019-present) and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (2022-present).

Link to Strategic Plan: Supporting Governance and Corporate Excellence through an extensive and successful recruitment process.

Key Points

  • The recruitment process was led by PFM Executive Search, a world-wide leader in executive searches, with interviews conducted by PFM and Council earlier this month.
  • Mr. Lindsay was selected from the list of 68 applications received for the position.
  • Mr. Lindsay’s integrity, enthusiasm, knowledge and leadership has been a positive influence in the City, both internally and externally, for many years.


"Mr. Lindsay has demonstrated strong leadership not only at the City of Nanaimo, but within the community, and Council is thrilled that he has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer. The respect he warrants and leadership he provides has been earned through his dedication to building and maintaining relationships internally and externally, always striving for governance excellence, providing mentorship to his colleagues and serving the community, Mayor, Council and staff with the utmost of integrity."

City of Nanaimo

"I am very honoured to take on this new role and for the opportunity to work closely with Mayor and Council to advance their priorities and initiatives for our Community. As CAO I look forward to supporting our dedicated staff and to build on existing relationships with our many community partners who are key to the success of Nanaimo."

Current Deputy CAO/General Manager, Development Services
City of Nanaimo




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