Town announces new Chief Administrative Officer

Wally Ferris will take up the position later in May, following Betty Osmond’s retirement

Town announces new Chief Administrative Officer

The Town of Sylvan Lake has officially announced its new Chief Administrative Officer, ahead of Betty Osmond’s retirement.

Wally Ferris will be going the Sylvan Lake team effective May 22, 2018. He is coming to town with more than 24 years of experience in “various municipal experience.” Most recently Ferris has been employed with the City of Fort St. John, B.C. as the General Manager of Community Service.

Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre said he and the staff are pleased and excited to welcome Ferris to the team.

“Mr. Ferris joins the Town team bringing with him a depth of professional experience and training, a strong focus on a team approach to management, and a service attitude that fits well with our culture,” said McIntyre.

“We look forward to working with Mr. Ferris to serve Sylvan Lakers and together build a community that is resident focused, visitor friendly, and a great place to do business and raise a family.”

The extensive search for a new CAO was lead by Davies Park Recruiting Consultants. The company worked with Town staff and Council to determine priorities for successful CAO candidates.

Ferris was identified as the choice candidate and was formally offered the job with a letter of offer on April 24.

The Town of Sylvan Lake’s current CAO, Osmond, announced her retirement last fall. She managed the organization for the last eight year, beginning in 2010. Osmond’s final day is May 4, 2018.

“I want to personally thank Mrs. Osmond for her years of dedicated service to Sylvan Lake and congratulate her on her well-earned retirement. The Town of Sylvan Lake is a much better organization today, thanks to her service, leadership, and example. We are grateful for Mrs. Osmond and wish her all the very best as she begins her next chapter,” said McIntyre