The Town of Tillsonburg has announced Christopher Baird is the new Interim Director of Recreation, Culture and Parks.
Baird, who starts his new position on Monday, July 13, has a long, distinguished track record as a municipal manager, with experience in a variety of areas including facilities management, parks maintenance and tourism and heritage.
Baird spent most of his career with Norfolk County, where he served 15 years as general manager of the Development and Cultural Services department. In 2018, he became General Manager of the Public Works division before retiring in September 2019.
“The Town of Tillsonburg is beginning the process of renewing our focus on the Community Strategic Plan,” said Kyle Pratt, Chief Administrative Officer, in a media release. “Chris’ broad knowledge base and management skills will be an asset as we determine how to move the municipality forward.”
Baird holds a masters certificate in both public management and municipal leadership from the Shulich School of Business at York University. He is a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III) and Certified Facility Manager (CFM). He is also a Certified Engineering Technician (CET) and a Professional Economic Developer (Ec.D). He completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.
“Chris’ municipal background and varied skillset are welcome additions to our team,” said Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar.