City CAO Taking on Bigger Challenges at Larger Municipality

August 29, 2013


Press Release

August 29, 2013 #2013-17
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Deb Walters, Mayor 604-465-2416


PITT MEADOWS, BC - Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Jake Rudolph has announced his resignation from the top spot in Pitt Meadows to accept a newly created Deputy City Manager position at the City of Abbotsford. Deputy CAO Kim Grout will assume Pitt Meadows CAO role, in the interim, until Council has completed a review of the position.

Leaving Pitt Meadows is bittersweet for Rudolph who has been CAO since he started in 2001. In his 13 years at the helm he has seen the then District evolve from a small suburb to a complete community with many projects realized including the opening of both the Golden Ears and Pitt River bridges, the Arenas renovations and completion of a new Seniors Centre, Library, Civic Centre and the award winning South Bonson Community Centre. The City has also won numerous awards, and accolades from much larger municipalities under Rudolph's leadership. A shared vision with council of successful partnerships, sustainable planning and strategic thinking has consistently garnered a 98 percent citizen satisfaction rating from residents.

Rudolph expressed that “it has been a privilege to have worked with all of you and to have been part of such a dynamic team and community.” He credits much of the City's success to the dedication and hard work of staff and Council.

Mayor Walter's had only positive things to say about Rudolph and the change commenting "that larger municipalities are taking note of the excellent things that are being done here and they are recruiting our exceptional staff. I know we are a remarkable place and we have been fortunate to have attracted top notch talent. Kim has been one of our strongest leaders with tremendous skill and integrity and we want to ensure that we build upon the strong foundation that Jake has created."

Mr. Rudolph assumes his new duties October 10 and will be responsible for overseeing a significant portion of the city of Abbotsford's $260 million dollar budget and 800 employees.