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Cumberland County hires Peter McCracken as its deputy CAO

Cumberland County Deputy CAO Peter McCracken

Peter McCracken has been hired as the new deputy chief administrative officer for the Municipality Cumberland.

McCracken comes to Cumberland County from the Municipality of Colchester County, where he has served as the manager of corporate planning and strategic initiatives.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of recreation degree from Brock University.

He begins his new duties with the Municipality Cumberland on Sept. 1.

“I’m very excited to join the Municipality of Cumberland and I look forward to working with a lot of great people in Cumberland County,” McCracken said. “When this opportunity came up, it was too good to pass up. Cumberland County is in a great position with a new vision for the county.

“It’s an exciting time to join the organization.”

McCracken was the director of the joint Municipality/Town of Yarmouth Recreation Department from 2001 to 2005 before joining the Province of Nova Scotia in 2006 and becoming the regional manager in 2011, leading office staff in the Sport and Recreation priorities of government.

He has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, plan implementation, research and policy development and partnership development.

Cumberland County’s chief administrative officer, Greg Herrett, said McCracken’s organizational and project management skills are a nice fit for the municipality. 

“I’m very pleased to have been able to recruit someone of Peter’s calibre to be our Deputy. He’s well known and well respected in municipal circles in Nova Scotia,” Herrett said. “With a policing review in full swing and recently completed fire and organizational reviews moving to the implementation stage, Peter’s organizational and project management skills will be a nice fit for the municipality.  

“We’re very excited to welcome him to our senior management team.” 

During his time with the province, McCracken was extensively involved in community development projects, policy development and grant management.

Earlier this year, he joined the Municipality of Colchester, where he has been instrumental in implementing departmental business planning and monitoring, project management support, interdepartmental planning and coordination and the management of council’s strategic priorities.

“I want to make a difference in municipal government and there’s a lot of excitement around the reset that’s taking place in county administration in Cumberland County and I’m looking forward to being part of that,” McCracken said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge moving forward.”

McCracken joins the organization as it prepares to implement the recommendations of the Clear the Deck initiative, announced several months ago by the municipality, and presented to council in late July by Kevin Latimer of Cox and Palmer.

Council accepted the report and directed CAO Herrett to develop an implementation plan for discussion and approval in September. Once implemented, the Municipality of Cumberland will move forward with a ‘One Municipality” mindset.