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REPORTING · 26th May 2011
Walter McFarlane
It was announced on the afternoon, May 19th at 2:00 pm that Ron Poole will be the new CAO for the District of Kitimat. Poole is the current CAO for the City of Terrace.

“I had conversations with 87 different candidates about the position and some of them submitted written applications, some written and some not. We ended up at the end of the day with about 50 resumes,” said Jim Craven of James R Craven and Associates.

The best were selected for review with Kitimat City Council. They also collaborated with people serving the public in Kitimat. Because of all the projects coming to Kitimat, they looked for someone with the flexibility to receive the world. Six candidates were interviewed in May. Ron Poole was considered to be the best fit for Council. Craven believed him to be the choice made by Council.

“Kitimat was looking for a new Municipal Manager through a head hunting firm and I was approached with the opportunity to be that person and my belief, at least during the whole process is that they were looking for someone with my skill set, probably because they knew me and what my background has been in Terrace,” said Poole.

Poole was chosen for a variety of reasons. He has trained people and has spearheaded change and renewal in Terrace. He was also familiar with the Kitimat City Council. Poole has 26 years of experience, all of it in the north and Kitimat affords him his desire to remain in the region.

“We’re really excited about Mr. Poole as our new manager. We are in the enviable position of right now having an upswing in our economy and I think we needed a manager with the skill set he has to help us move ahead. Our community wants to go forward and I think he’s the man to do it,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.

“The search as far as my partners were concerned was one of the more successful ones because we’re not usually used to getting 87 inquiries about one position, particularly when it is up in the Northwest or Northeast,” said Craven.

Poole will begin working for the District of Kitimat on July 4th, 2011.

“I’m actually really looking forward to the opportunity. I think as each day goes by, I’m getting more and more excited about it. That’s a good thing. On the other side, when the announcement came out [Thursday], there were a lot of long faces around City Hall so I leave behind a lot of good staff and a really good Council,” said Poole.