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Town of Bridgewater hires new CAO

The Town of Bridgewater has chosen its next chief administrative officer (CAO).

Tammy Wilson will officially begin her employment as CAO with the town on Monday, Nov. 26.

“Tammy’s wealth of experience in municipal government, her enthusiasm, leadership skills and vision make her an ideal choice to be our next CAO,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell.

“Bridgewater is a growing, thriving community — we’re proud of what’s happening in our town and, on behalf of town council and staff, I can say that we’re all excited about the skill and expertise that Ms. Wilson adds to our organization,” he added.

Over the next few weeks, Wilson will be wrapping up a four-year stay as CAO with the Municipality of the District of Chester. During that time, she will be assisting with that municipality’s CAO transition planning process.

A long-time public servant, Wilson’s career highlights include having served as CAO for both the Municipality of the District of Chester and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and a stint with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs as provincial planning director. She holds a master’s degree in regional and urban planning from Dalhousie University.

Wilson is originally from Amherst and has called the South Shore home for more than 20 years. She has been an active volunteer in Bridgewater, is a past chair of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank and currently serves as a board member with the YMCA of Lunenburg County.

“I am excited to become part of the Bridgewater team and to be part of such a great, growing community,” she said. “There are several initiatives underway that I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working on with council and staff; the Smart Cities Challenge, Energize Bridgewater, transit, strategic planning and various economic development and regional initiatives. There are a lot of really great things happening in Bridgewater.”

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