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North Bay restructures senior administration

Move follows CAO’s sudden departure
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There has been a shakeup at North Bay’s city hall following the abrupt departure of its CAO, Keith Robicheau, who served in the role for just 10 months. (Jeff Turl/ BayToday)

The City of North Bay has reorganized its corporate structure following the sudden departure of its chief administrative officer.

On Dec. 10, the city issued a brief news release announcing that Keith Robicheau, who had been on the job for just 10 months, was leaving the role. Though the city declined to provide a reason behind the change, speculation is that Robicheau was fired from the job.

David Euler, the city’s current managing director of engineering, environmental and works, has been appointed as interim CAO, effective immediately.

Following that change, the city has eliminated its managing director positions.

“This reorganization is an important step to align our departments for growth while maintaining our core services,” Euler said in a city-issued news release.

John Severino, who was the managing director of community services, will take over the role of city engineer and be responsible for the newly formed business unit called Infrastructure and Operations. This business unit will include engineering, environmental services, public works, parks and transit.

Ian Kilgour has been hired as the director of community development and growth. This position will oversee planning and building services, arts, culture, recreation and leisure services, as well as sports and events. Kilgour will also sit as ex-officio on the Invest North Bay board.

Lea Janisse becomes the chief human resources and information officer. Her new role will include responsibilities for customer service, information systems and human resources.

Asset management will now report to Margaret Karpenko, the city’s chief financial officer and treasurer.

City council said it has also authorized the immediate recruitment for a full-time deputy clerk and a communications officer.

– With files from