SPOTLIGHT, WITH J.D. BOOTH

Chris Carter, Sarnia’s new CAO, is grateful for community’s ‘welcome’

Conversation gives our listeners a glimpse into his past and what he hopes to accomplish as City's new top administrator

Chris Carter, who officially became Sarnia’s Chief Administrative Officer on April 1, sat down for a recorded interview just last week, a conversation that gave us a glimpse into his background, what motivated him to take on his duties and what he hopes to accomplish.

Carter, a native of Richmond Hill, a community just north of Toronto, says he decided early on that a career in municipal service appealed to him, so much so that he was prepared to follow that call to Selkirk, Manitoba.

As happens from time to time, being away from family, especially as the Carters began thinking about starting their own family, the decision was made to return to Ontario to be closer to family.

A job with the Township of West Lincoln took shape and later, one with the Region of Niagara, the equivalent of Lambton County as a second tier municipality.

The job with the Region of Niagara was his last before being successful in replacing Sarnia’s former CAO, Marg Misek-Evans, who left just before the end of 2018.

Carter, who up until this week was commuting from Smithville (he spent a couple of nights a week in Sarnia and weekends with his family), says he’s very happy to be in this new role and complimented City staff for their professionalism. He also expressed thanks to the community for making him feel so welcome.

We hope you enjoy our conversation with Chris Carter and share with your network!

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