By Chad Feehan
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
October 20, 2023 Edition
The Town of Holyrood has appointed Marjorie Gibbons as the council’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Councillor Laura Crawley allowed the decision was “a long time coming,” but that the process has come through with flying colors.
“I think we all recognize that Marjorie Gibbons has fulfilled the role and then some over the past few months,” Crawley said.
Gibbons was appointed acting CAO in late May of this year, after former CAO Gary Corbett went on leave before his subsequent retirement on September 1st.
Mayor Gary Goobie said Gibbons served in all facets in the organization during her 10 years with the Town of Holyrood.
“She’s well versed, well experienced, has the knowledge base, the skill set, and is a great communications person,” Goobie said.
According to the mayor, the selection process was long and exhaustive in order to do things appropriately and properly.
“We concluded unanimously that there was no need to go external with this,” he said.
Gibbons’ old position with the Town as director of business development and marketing will be incorporated into her new role as CAO, effectively terminating a position with the town.
The combination of the two roles follows a consultant’s recommendation last month that the CAO should be the top hand when it comes to economic development.
After reiterating the “robust process” that came before the decision, councillor Steve Windsor said Gibbons ticked all the boxes for the role.
“Your business acumen, communications skills, extensive experience working with government agencies and funding opportunities…I have a high degree of respect for your work ethic and ability to bring people together,” Windsor said.
Council voted unanimously to give Gibbons the top job.