Michael Merritt to resign as CBRM CAO

March 31, 2017

Mayor Cecil Clarke and members of the CBRM Council received notice today of the resignation of Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt, who after almost three years of dedicated service will be leaving to return to his family in Alberta.

“I am truly thankful for my opportunity to work with Mayor Clarke and the CBRM Council, as we worked to improve the quality of life of the residents of CBRM,” said Merritt. “I would also like to thank my staff for their dedication, professionalism and support during my tenure as CAO.”

Mr. Merritt will remain CAO of the municipality until Jun. 30, 2017. During this time, CBRM Mayor and Council will begin the process of hiring a new Chief Administrative Officer.

"Michael Merritt has served and lead as Chief Administrative Officer through a period of much change and transformation, resulting in better outcomes for our municipality,"

said Mayor Clarke. "Michael has translated over three decades of senior public service into his day-to-day duties, and in working with Council, staff and citizens in an open and collaborative manner."

"On a personal level, it has truly been an honour and privilege to have worked with Mr. Merritt. His professionalism and commitment to engaged public service is exemplary, and I know we are stronger as a municipality for his time with us,” said the Mayor. “CBRM has a highly capable senior management team that will continue to progress and advance the municipality in the coming months.”

Council will meet in the coming weeks to formally accept the CAO's resignation and will further meet to start the process of selecting a new CAO.