Town announces new Commissioner of Community Services

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – for immediate release

Town announces new Commissioner of Community Services

Oakville will have a new commissioner of Community Services on June 3, 2013. Colleen Bell will join the town’s management team from the City of Guelph. She was selected following a comprehensive search and evaluation of candidates.

“Colleen’s strong background leading significant community and corporate projects, as well as her excellent track record managing the complexities and demands of large departments made her an excellent choice to lead this commission,” said Ray Green, chief administrative officer, Town of Oakville. “I am confident that she will make a wonderful addition to our executive management team and she’ll do a great job managing priorities and delivering quality services to our community.”

Ms. Bell’s responsibilities at the town will include overseeing the largest town commission that brings together all of the major services that impact the daily life of our residents including: Oakville Transit, Roads and Works Operations, Fire Services, Recreation and Culture, Parks and Open Space, and Libraries. She joins the Town of Oakville with an impressive career with Metro Toronto, the City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the City of Guelph, where she served most recently as executive director, Community and Social Services.

“On behalf of Town Council, I am delighted to welcome Colleen Bell to the Town of Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We look forward to working with Colleen and believe her skills in community engagement, stakeholder relationships, customer service and transportation services will be a benefit to our community.”

Ms. Bell takes over the commissioner role from Dave Bloomer who is retiring after 34 years with the Town of Oakville. Mr. Bloomer’s last day in the office is May 17, 2013.

A high resolution photo of Colleen Bell is available upon request.

Media contact:

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038

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Town announces new Commissioner of Community Services