The Town of Tillsonburg recently announced that Kyle J. Pratt will be the Town’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), beginning Jan. 13.
“Council and I are looking forward to working with Kyle as his background aligns well with the strategic direction of Council, and the vision we share with all stakeholders of our community,” said Mayor Stephen Molnar in a media release.
Pratt most recently served as CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater, and previously served as CAO of the Town of Plympton-Wyoming.
Pratt holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA), specializing in Local Government from Western University, and has earned a variety of professional designations including Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III), and Certified Municipal Officer (CMO). He is currently working towards his Economic Development (Ec. D) certification.
“Kyle’s experience, communication skills and commitment to service excellence was fully demonstrated at Bluewater,” said Molnar. “We are pleased to welcome him to our community. We also wish to recognize and thank Kartik Kumar of Legacy Executive Search Partners for assisting us with our search, and sourcing out excellent candidates for Council’s consideration.”
“Since a young age, I have regularly visited the beautiful Town of Tillsonburg and am very much looking forward to calling Tillsonburg my home,” said Pratt.
Town Clerk to retire
Donna Wilson, Town Clerk for the Town of Tillsonburg since 2010, has announced her retirement effective February 29, 2020.
Wilson has served in a variety of positions with the Town over the years, including swimming instructor.
“I started working at the Community Centre in 1986,” she recalls. “It was a great job while my children were young.”
In 1994, Wilson became a bus driver with the Town, and was later tasked with management of the fledgling transit project.
“I drove the very first bus route when the service started, and the very last route when the bus program was cancelled in 2001,” she recalls.
In 2002, Wilson stepped into the role of receptionist/records manager and began taking courses to earn her diploma in Municipal Administration from the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).
A year later, Wilson became Community Development Coordinator, a position that saw her working closely with the Town Clerk.
Inspired, she continued her studies, eventually earning an undergraduate Diploma of Public Administration from Western University
Wilson successfully moved into the Town Clerk role in 2010.
“Donna’s story is an inspirational one,” says Acting CAO Ron Shaw. “Her longevity with the Town and her rise to a senior position is a testament to her dedication and character.”