By Marcus Day
Maple Creek resident Gary Schlageter has been named as the Town’s new chief administrative officer (CAO).
His appointment was approved at Tuesday’s Maple Creek Town council meeting.
He will officially start on Sept. 1.
The job has been vacant since Diane Moss left the position in the spring. Kerrie Chabot, the chief executive officer, has been acting CAO.
Schlageter is the administrator of the Rural Municipality of Reno. He lives in Maple Creek with his wife, Kimberlee, a teacher at Sidney Street School.
The couple have three children. According to their Facebook page, Schlageter is from Ponteix, Saskatchewan, attended Ponteix High School and studied at the University of Regina. One of his interests is golf.
At the Town council meeting, Coun. Michael Morrow put forward the motion Schlageter be the next CAO. He said 15 to 20 people had applied for the job — this number was whittled down to four.
Out of the four, Schlageter was considered to be the best candidate to move Maple Creek forward.
Coun. Shelley Drever said she looked forward to working with Schlageter.
“We will do what we can to make him feel welcome,” she said.
After the meeting, Coun. Morrow told the News-Times, “We feel Gary Schlageter will be really good for the staff and council.”
He said Schlageter had the right amount of experience and qualifications, and was someone who did everything by the book.
“He is really willing to learn and grow into the position,” he said. “On top of that, he is a great believer in process and the law.”
The CAO is administrative head of the municipality and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, which include managing staff, preparing materials for council meetings, and acting as primary advisor for the mayor and council.