Former Halifax mayor hired as CAO for Alberta town

Published on September 4, 2014

Peter Kelly



Former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly has followed in the footsteps of thousands of Nova Scotians and taken a job “out west.”

Kelly has been hired as the chief administrative officer of the county of Westlock, Alberta, according to the county’s local paper.

The main page of the Westlock News website shows a smiling Kelly next to county reeve Bud Massey on Sept. 2.

The paper says the county council held a special meeting Tuesday morning to formally appoint Kelly to the county’s “top post.”

Kelly told the paper he “brings a lot to the table” with 27 years of experience in municipal politics.

“It’s all about serving our masters, which is the public,” he is quoted as saying.

Kelly served as mayor of Halifax for 12 years before deciding not to reoffer in the 2012 election. The decision was prompted by a story in the independent weekly The Coast detailing Kelly’s mismanagement of the estate of a friend.

Kelly was later removed as the executor of Mary Thibeault’s estate after five of the other heirs went to probate court to protest his handling of the will.

Lawyers for Kelly and the other heirs reached a settlement – the terms of which are confidential – in March of 2013.