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Council approves new chief administrative officer for Region of Queens Municipality

By Evan Taylor Sep 27, 2023 | 12:27 PM

The 7th Council of the Region of Queens Municipality. Photo: RoQ.


Liverpool, NS – The Region of Queens Municipality’s Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Cody Joudry as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) during the Regular Council meeting held on September 26, 2023. Joudry, a seasoned professional with over 16 years of municipal experience, will assume his role in mid-November, 2023.

Darlene Norman, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality, expressed the council’s confidence in Joudry, stating, “The Region of Queens requires a CAO who will move the entire organization forward in a unified manner while working for our citizens’ best interest. Cody Joudry has strong communication skills, understands the importance of public engagement, and has illustrated experience guiding council to short- and long-term priority setting. These are the attributes required to move our community of Queens forward in a positive manner.”

Joudry brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having previously held key leadership positions, including Director of Development and Tourism at the County of Dufferin in Ontario, Director of Economic Development at the County of Huron in Ontario, and Manager of Economic Development and IT Services at the County of Annapolis in Nova Scotia. His expertise spans various areas, such as community engagement, strategic planning, economic development, and customer relations.

Born into a family with deep roots in Southwest Nova Scotia, Joudry’s commitment to community development has been a consistent hallmark of his career. He also proudly identifies as a Mi’kmaw from L’sitkuk First Nation.

Joudry has expressed his dedication to building positive and collaborative relationships with staff, Council members, community members, and stakeholders, emphasizing that this will be a top priority in his new role as Chief Administrative Officer. “I am honored to serve the Region of Queens Municipality and look forward to leveraging my experience and passion in the service and for the prosperity of the residents,” said Joudry.

Since May 2023, the Interim CAO, Dan MacDougall, had been serving in the position, offering valuable support to Region of Queens Municipality’s Council. There will be a brief overlap period during which Joudry will familiarize himself with the role, ongoing projects, and Council priorities.

Mayor Norman expressed her gratitude to Interim CAO Dan MacDougall, who came out of retirement to assist the council. She also acknowledged the dedication of several Department Directors who served as acting CAOs over the summer months.

Joudry will become the fifth CAO of the Region of Queens Municipality since its amalgamation in 1996. His appointment marks a significant step forward in the region’s commitment to effective leadership and community development.