Interim community services director becomes permanent

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Jody Boulet’s interim appointment as community services director became permanent on Monday, when city manager Jim Toye announced the long-time city employee’s promotion. 

City hall’s newest department head worked his way from the bottom up, from a seasonal labourer in 1999 to the director of community services.

 

On Monday, city manager Jim Toye announced that interim community services director Jody Boulet had been promoted as the department’s permanent director.

“He has great communication skills, he’s well-respected throughout the community and he’s going to be a wonderful addition to the city manager’s team,” Toye told city council.

After the meeting, Mayor Greg Dionne said that city council was “very pleased” with Toye’s decision to keep Boulet on as the permanent community services director.

“That just shows all our employees that there are growth opportunities, and if you work hard and you’re successful in your job, then you can get these positions,” Dionne said.

Boulet has called Prince Albert home since his family relocated here in 1989, when he was in Grade 4.

While attending the University of Saskatchewan in 1999, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he took a summer job with the City of Prince Albert in the summer playground program as a playground leader and supervisor.

He continued returning every summer, and on graduating he decided to make things more permanent.

“The situation led itself in 2004 for a permanent opportunity in the role of community development officer, and ever since I’ve entered into recreation and I’ve been part of the community services department since then,” he said.

“Prince Albert hosts a lot of great opportunities for families, for individuals – you name it.”

A “huge sports fan” and outdoor enthusiast, Boulet explained that heading the community services department affords him the chance to line up his professional interests with his personal ones.

Boulet has been filling the community services director seat on an interim basis since Greg Zeeben was released from the position in September.

He has great communication skills, he’s well-respected throughout the community and he’s going to be a wonderful addition to the city manager’s team. Jim Toye

Interim city manager Chris Cvik was responsible for releasing Zeeben from the position, although Dionne noted at the time that he played a role in the decision.

"It was an ongoing conflict," Dionne explained at the time. "It wasn't something that blew up overnight, where we had a secret meeting and put a list together. It just finally came to a head, and enough was enough, and we decided to move on."

Since his appointment as interim community services director Boulet said that he’s been busy with things like the transition to winter, the Saskatchewan Winter Games and preparing for the 2014 budget meetings.

But, he said that there are even more challenges ahead.

He’s currently eyeing the creation of a parks management position and is poised to have additional ideas come forward during next month’s budget meetings.

“We have a lot of unique opportunities through the facilities that we have,” he said, citing the city’s strong volunteer base as a key to the city’s success.

“All of it just speaks to a great place to live and raise a family, and I’m looking forward to advancing my career here in the city of Prince Albert.”

The community services department is in charge of recreational programs and most of the city’s facilities. The department works with community volunteers and organization sin delivering recreation and wellness programs, as well as managing city parks, tracks, urban forests and the municipal cemetery.

Organizations: Prince Albert, University of Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

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