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New North Bay CAO to focus on growth and development

David Euler has served as interim CAO since December.

North Bay’s new chief administrative officer is no stranger to life inside city hall.

On May 7, city council approved the hiring of David Euler to replace Keith Robicheau.

There was no external search or job posting this time around.

A registered professional engineer, Euler has been an employee with the city since 2005 when he was first hired as capital works project engineer.

Euler took on the position of director of water and wastewater in 2008 and was named director of engineering two years later.

From there, he was promoted to managing director of engineering, environmental services and public works in 2014.

Euler was appointed interim CAO early last December.

“I’ve had a good taste of what it is all about since then. I’m really enjoying it. I think I’m a good fit right now," Euler said.

"Council has been very direct on what they would like to see moving forward in terms of growth and development, and it is our job now to deliver that."

The budget has been set and the capital is in place as the city moves forward on some large projects over the next few years.

“I think the budget clearly shows our focus on growth, and I’m really looking forward to help deliver that,” said Euler.

“We’ve got a community centre to build. We’ve got Seymour Street at the bypass to work on. We’ve got (the redevelopment of) Cassellholme (retirement facility) coming down the pipe as well.

 "So, we restructured in early December to put more of an emphasis on growth and development with the hiring of Ian Kilgour. And now we’re now in the process of hiring more economic development officers.”

Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch gave a glowing review of the new CAO.

“David has demonstrated in just a few short months that the strengths and abilities we’ve seen him put to use in his previous roles at the city are extremely transferrable," she said. "He has the trust of council and we will be counting on his guidance as we work together over the remainder of our term to move the city forward."

Mayor Al McDonald said Euler’s impact on the organization is already being felt.

“It has become clear in a very short time that he is the right person for the job," McDonald said. "He brings a wealth of experience and is passionate about serving the community.”

Prior to becoming a city employee, Euler was president and CEO of the Donson Group of Companies.