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City manager leaving Grande Prairie

After less than two years with the City of Grande Prairie, City Manager Bob Nicolay is moving on. The City of Medicine Hat has named Nicolay its new Chief Administrative Officer.

Nicolay joined the city at the beginning of 2017, replacing long-time city manager Greg Scerbak. In his time in the Swan City, he orchestrated major changes within personnel.

“With Council’s full support, Bob has been a champion of unleashing the potential within our organization and has set administration on a path of continued success,” says Mayor Bill Given. “We entrusted him to deliver on our priorities and to prepare the City for the opportunities of the future. He exceeded our expectations and his leadership and advice will be missed.”

Medicine Hat will be familiar grounds for Nicolay, as he has previously served the southern Alberta city as Chief Commissioner/Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner of Public Services. Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston says that played into his council’s hiring decision.

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“We are so pleased to see Bob return to Medicine Hat in this role. His extensive experience with the energy sector, business development and municipal government will be very beneficial for the City. We’re looking forward to tapping into his knowledge and expertise as they relate to the City’s priority initiatives.”

A date for Nicolay’s departure has not yet been set. Given says a transition plan is in the works.

“Council is confident in the leadership team in place and will move quickly to identify a process to appoint a new City Manager.”

We have reached out to Nicolay’s office for comment.

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