Professional Overview – Don Smeltzer

PROFILE 

Executive level decision maker, problem solver, change agent – a history of leading/mediating successful transitions and facilitating positive change

Manager, educator, counsellor, innovator – recognized as having made significant contributions to improving the quality of municipal public sector education, training, management and policy making

Effective communicator – personable, non-threatening, committed to treating others with dignity and respect

Team leader – one who promotes a management style that is collaborative, empowering, collegial and which encourages excellence, trust and meaningful relationships among all stakeholders

CAREER EXPERIENCE

A: PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT – ONGOING

Past Assignments (include):

Interim CAO/Consultant - Municipality of the County of Kings: Responsible for providing management leadership to Nova Scotia’s 3rd largest municipality and policy/decision making advice to Council during a time of significant organizational upheaval and change; leading the recruiting process for Council’s selection of a permanent CAO

Manager, Municipal Capacity Building Initiative/Consultant – Federation of PEI: Municipalities: Responsible for providing overall coordination and management of an undertaking to develop comprehensive capacity building resources for PEI municipal government

Interim Town Manager/Consultant – Town of Westville: Responsible for overall Town management; providing policy/decision making guidance to Council; implementing Provincial Government ministerial directives and bringing about organizational changes during a time of significant uncertainty; recruiting of a permanent Town Manager

Town Manager/Consultant – Town of Kensington: Responsible for leading a significant organizational and cultural shift – from that of a Council-Committee form of governance to a Council-Manager system, including establishment of administrative and policy making structures and recruitment of a permanent Town Manager/CAO and Chief of Police

Interim CAO/Consultant – Municipality of the District of Argyle: Responsible for providing policy advice and assistance to Council during a critical period of change; managing the organization and productivity review process; developing personnel and operational policies; providing management direction to employees and policy makers; recruiting of a permanent CAO

Coordinator, Inter-Municipal Government Cooperation Project - Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations: Responsible for developing an Inter-Municipal Cooperation Handbook for Nova Scotia municipalities

B: EDUCATOR AND AGENCY DIRECTOR: 1975 – 2002

Maritime Municipal Training and Development Board – Henson College, Dalhousie University/Council of Maritime Premiers

C: CITY ALDERMAN

Elected representative on Dartmouth City Council: 1994 – 1996

FORMAL EDUCATION

• Master of Public Administration

• Bachelor in Education

• Certificate in Municipal Administration

• Post-graduate studies in group dynamics,/psycho-pathology/counselling

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS AND ACADEMIC AWARDS

Bruce H. Yeo (Memorial) Award: Federation of PEI Municipalities, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the improvement of municipal government

Award of Distinction: Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia for dedicated and outstanding service towards the betterment of municipal administration and local government through education and training

Life Membership Award: Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick; Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia

Public Service Award: Council of Maritime Premiers in recognition of contributions to inter-regional cooperation and educational upgrading of the municipal public service

Graduate Fellowship: Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Scholarships: Dalhousie University/ Nova Scotia Government/Other

PUBLICATIONS

Author, editor, contributor to publications, articles and education materials concerned with public sector management and local government

BOARD, ASSOCIATION AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: (past service includes)

President – Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia

Member – Dalhousie University President’s Advisory Board – School of Public Administration

Chair – Maritime Municipal Education Committee

Chair – Workplace Diversity Committee of International City/County Management Association

Member – Board of Directors of Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators

President – ACTRA Maritimes (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Radio and Television Artists)

Volunteer – Community groups and non-profit organizations