Belleville selects new CAO to assume role later this year

Matt MacDonald will become Belleville’s new CAO this summer. – Photo submitted by City of Belleville

Belleville City Council has announced the selection of Matt MacDonald as the replacement for the current Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Rod Bovay, who is set to retire later this year.

MacDonald currently serves as the city clerk and director of corporate services, bringing over 25 years of experience in the municipal sector to his new role.

Before his tenure at the City of Belleville, MacDonald held various positions, including supervisor of revenue services/tax collector at the County of Prince Edward, municipal advisor at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and CAO/Clerk at the Municipality of Centre Hastings.

In his current capacity, MacDonald oversees the Corporate Services department, managing a team of 23 employees. He provides strategic guidance and professional counsel to City Council, Boards and Committees of Council, other city departments, and the public on matters related to Council actions, by-laws, policies, procedures, and municipal elections administration.

MacDonald’s educational background is in legal administration, supplemented by further education through the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario’s Municipal Administration Program, where he holds an Executive Diploma in Municipal Management.

“Matt has proven to be a respected and contributing member of the City’s executive management team,” stated Mayor Neil Ellis. “We are very pleased that he has accepted this role and are confident that the City will continue to operate effectively through this transition.”

Ellis also extended gratitude to Rod Bovay for his service to the City over the years.

MacDonald’s appointment will officially take effect upon Rod Bovay’s retirement in August.

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