Colin Innes is the new director of public works and utilities for the city of Nelson.
The hiring is part of a departmental restructuring announced earlier this year
Innes and his family are making the move from the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in a matter of weeks. His first day on the job is July 14.
Innes said Nelson has been on his family’s radar for years — in fact, his wife came across the city’s job posting while she was looking into summer travel plans. The long-time engineer said his family is looking forward to Nelson’s legendary outdoor and cultural amenities, all so close by.
Innes has been with the City of Prince Albert for 11 years, where’s he’s tallied up a diverse amount of experience. He’s worked as public works engineer, utilities engineer and wastewater treatment plan manager. He’s been Prince Albert’s dDirector of public works since 2006.
Prince Albert’s mayor said Innes’ departure will “leave a big pair of shoes to fill” in the Saskatchewan city.
As director of public works and utilities, Innes will oversee Nelson’s water and sewer utilities, roads, parks and transit.
“This is the final piece in the puzzle,” said Nelson City Manager Kevin Cormack. “Colin‘s arrival will complete the ambitious restructuring effort we embarked on earlier this year, which will improve how the city delivers services to Nelson residents.”
“Colin brings with him a strong skill set too,” Cormack added. “He’ll be an excellent addition to our team. We’re all really looking forward to having him on board.”
Earlier this year, The City amalgamated a number of departments under the heading of development services and engineering, and located the new office on the second floor of City Hall.
The move will improve service to the community in general, especially the building sector, which will be able to have all development questions answered under one roof.