The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has hired a new general manager of infrastructure and engineering services who will begin in mid-January 2023.
Chief Administrative Officer Michael Duben announced in a media release on Monday, “I am very pleased to announce that we have hired Mr. Edward Soldo to serve as General Manager of Infrastructure and Engineering Services for Chatham-Kent. finalized an employment contract with.
Soldo is a professional engineer who comes to Chatham-Kent from the city of Hamilton, where he held the position of Chief Roads Officer, the release said.
With prior leadership and management positions with the City of London, City of St Thomas, County of Haldimand, and Region of Halton, Soldo brings considerable experience across transport, operations, asset management, construction, drainage and other public works disciplines. Release added.
Soldo graduated from McMaster University with an engineering degree, Western University with a Diploma in Public Administration, and York University with a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership.
Duben said Soldo is an avid cyclist and also volunteers with several professional technical organizations and is currently the district director of Canada with the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
“We are very excited to add Edward’s wealth of experience to our already experienced executive management team effective Tuesday, January 17, 2023,” Duben said.
Soldo is replacing Thomas Kelly, who abruptly left the municipality in March.
The CAO continued, “Many thanks and much appreciation to both Chris Thibert, director of engineering, and Ryan Brown, director of public works.”
Duben also recognized and thanked Tomo Matešić, president of Antegrus Transmission, and Tim Sunderland, general manager of the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission.
He added that both Matsik and Sunderland, working with him and human resources, “played an integral role in the recruitment process and demonstrated a true commitment to the ongoing partnership between our respective organisations.”