Past Prince Albert city manager Robert Cotterill has taken a job in Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Effective April 14, Cotterill will take over the position of chief administrative officer, Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston announced at Monday‚Äôs council meeting.
‚ÄúCity council is pleased to have Robert join our highly successful leadership team,‚ÄĚ he said in a release. ‚ÄúHe brings a diverse and impressive range of experience with him that I am confident will benefit both our organization and our residents.‚ÄĚ
In a unanimous decision of Prince Albert city council, Cotterill was removed from the position of city manager about six months ago.
"We want to bring more of a positive attitude to the city," Mayor Greg Dionne explained at the time.
City council is pleased to have Robert join our highly successful leadership team. Stuart Houston
In May, 2012, past city council voted in favour of extending Cotterill‚Äôs contract to Feb. 28, 2015 -- a decision that Couns. Lee Atkinson and Charlene Miller voted against.
Severing their ties with Cotterill 17 months shy of the end of his contract, he left with severance pay equivalent to 11 months‚Äô salary -- approximately $170,000.
Past North Batttleford city manager Jim Toye has filled Cotterill‚Äôs seat in Prince Albert since Jan. 2.
Spruce Grove is a city of approximately 30,000 people about 11 km west of Edmonton.