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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New City Manager at Work

Owen Sound | by Kevin Bernard  

Ruth Coursey is now on the job in Owen Sound, calls Scenic City 'amazing.'

Owen Sound's new city manager is on the job.

Ruth Coursey attended her first meeting of City Council on Monday night.

Coursey says she's been getting to know the councillors and her fellow staff members as she settles into her new job, which she started on July 25th.
Coursey says she's very happy to be in Owen Sound, which she calls an amazing community with great environmental features and a downtown that she calls second to none in rural Ontario.
And Coursey knows rural Ontario, having grown up in part near Paisley and Chesley -- She attended high school at Chesley District.
Her long career in municipal administration has taken Coursey to East Gwillimbury and Orillia as director of planning in both municipalities, and to Tiny Township and the town of Lakeshore, near Windsor, as chief administrative officer.
Coursey says she intends to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible while she works with council and staff to achieve the community's goals.

Coursey says so far, she hasn't seen any major projects that need to be tackled right away and She feels council has done a good job keep taxes in check.

Coursey is the long-term replacement for former city manager Jim Harrold, who resigned a year ago.
Director of Corporate Services Glen Henry has been filling in as acting city manager, but he will retire at the end of this month after 29 years at City Hall.


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