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It’s time to hand over the reins

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Outgoing city manager Jean Marc Nadeau, pictured, announced his resignation earlier this month to pursue an opportunity with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. (File photo)

Outgoing city manager Jean Marc Nadeau, pictured, announced his resignation earlier this month to pursue an opportunity with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. (File photo)

There will be a new face at the helm of the city as Portage la Prairie’s outgoing city manager Jean Marc Nadeau prepares to embark on his next endeavour.

It was announced earlier this month that the city will be looking for his successor as Nadeau tendered his resignation to pursue an opportunity as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) based out of Regina, Sask.

“Portage la Prairie was very good to myself and my family and we’re certainly going to miss it but we’re looking forward to the future challenges,” says Nadeau. “I’ll be working closely with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) and other associations across the country to bring the municipal realities and challenges we face as municipalities to our elected officials.”

Nadeau succeeded Dale Lyle as city manager in 2012 and after a brief transitional phase, officially took command of the position in February 2013. Highlighting some of the successes Nadeau and his team at the city found over his tenure include a less than 1 per cent increase to the city’s approximately $31 million annual budget - except this past year - where the budget saw no increase despite contending with Portage’s mill rate which is among the highest in the province.

“The environment changes every day,” Nadeau adds. “I faced some realities when I took over, every manager faces some different realities that they need to adjust to moving forward.”

Nadeau credits changes made internally to the success that was found over the four-plus years in the position. Reduced operating costs, a more robust strategic planning process and the creation of communication specialist and public safety director positions are just a few of the changes Nadeau brought forth but a specific investment deal stands out as the most memorable.

“The Roquette announcement was huge,” he said. “The fact that we had the infrastructure for them and the environment for them to come and invest almost half a billion dollars is phenomenal.”

Nadeau will vacate the position in the coming weeks before relocating to Saskatchewan later this year.

boliver@postmedia.com



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