City of Vernon promotes from within for new chief administrative officer

City names new CAO

The City of Vernon has found its new chief administrative officer. And it didn't have to look too far.

Patti Bridal has been appointed to the position, effective Dec. 10, for a two-year term.

“We could not be more pleased about this announcement,” Mayor Victor Cumming said in a press release. “Ms. Bridal has faithfully and enthusiastically served the citizens of Vernon for more than 18 years in leadership roles at the city. She has been Vernon’s deputy CAO since 2015, and has helped guide the work of numerous councils and many city staff members to offer the very best in public service.”

Bridal has worked in local government in British Columbia for more than 25 years and began her career with the City of Vernon in March 2003. She has served as deputy clerk, corporate officer, manager of corporate services, and director of corporate services.

She sat on the corporate officers forum committee with the Local Government Management Association for seven years. In May 2017, she was elected President of the LGMA of British Columbia.

In addition, council has appointed Kevin Poole as deputy CAO, effective the same date. He will also maintain his position as director of community safety, lands, and administration.

“Choosing to promote two individuals from within the city’s existing senior management team demonstrates the strength of leadership, dedication to employee development, and succession planning that has been established within this organization,” said Cumming.

Bridal replaces outgoing CAO Will Pearce.

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