Corporate Leadership Team
In partnership with Council, the City of Pitt Meadows is led by CAO Mark Roberts and supported by a dedicated Corporate Leadership Team including Cheryl Harding, Don Jolley, Forrest Smith, Stephanie St. Jean, and Tina Penney.
Together they are committed to the delivery of services to the residents and business owners of Pitt Meadows in the most efficient manner. With a focus on clarity and responsiveness, the City of Pitt Meadows encourages open communication and dialogue. It’s our belief that by doing so, we will continue to build supportive relationships based on integrity, mutual respect, and teamwork.
Learn more about the City of Pitt Meadows' Corporate Leadership Team:
Mark Roberts – Chief Administrative Officer
Pitt Meadows City Council delivers a vision and strategic plan for the City and it’s the responsibility of the Chief Administrative Officer to ensure City staff is aligned with the plan and moving toward this vision.
As CAO, Mark ensures council has the right information to make their decisions, and that City staff is delivering on council’s priorities and strategic planning objectives. He’s been performing the roles & responsibilities of the CAO since December of 2015.
Mark worked in the public and private sector before going to work for the City of Port Moody in 1999. He has worked for municipal governments for 16 years in a wide variety of roles including IT, purchasing, facilities, finance, and risk management. He is a member of the Certified Management Association and the Certified Payroll Association, which together adds up to nine years of training and certification.
“Local government has the biggest impact on people and my role is to deliver a strategic plan that fulfills the mandate set by council,” Mark explains. “A municipality can’t offer a good quality of life to the residents, if it’s not listening to their needs.”
In his spare time, Mark volunteers with the finance committee in his hometown of Anmore. A sports enthusiast, Mark is often found on the soccer pitch participating in his men’s league.
Cheryl Harding, CPA, CGA – Director of Financial Services
As Director of Finance, Cheryl is responsible for providing support for day-to-day operations of the City through the provisioning of accounting, banking and investments, budget & business planning, debt management, long-term financial planning, and tax collection services.
“One of my goals as the Director of Finance is to increase awareness and access to the City of Pitt Meadow’s financials and expenditures,” Cheryl says.
Naturally drawn to the finance field, Cheryl earned her degree as a CGA from the Certified General Accountants Association of BC in 1995. She first stepped into the private sector but made the leap to local government in 2002, working for City of Port Moody in the roles of Financial Accountant, Accounting Manager, and lastly, Manager of Revenue & Taxation.
Performance in her roles as Manager of Financial Planning & Accounting and as acting Director of Finance since December 2015, have led to the recent promotion to Director of Finance.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Cheryl moved to BC at a very young age and has called Maple Ridge home for the greater portion of her life. She is married to her husband of 33 years, has a teenage daughter, and 2 cats to round out the family.
Don Jolley – Fire Chief, Fire & Rescue Services
Fire Chief Don Jolley strives to make Pitt Meadows the safest community in the province through education, prevention, and effective incident response using professional and dedicated personnel.
Don has a Bachelor’s degree in geography from SFU, a Certificate of Emergency Management from the Justice Institute of BC, and a Diploma in Local Government Administration from Capilano University. He earned his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and his Professional Manager Designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.
Don entered into the first responder role as a ski patroller and was “immediately fascinated with the reward and excitement” of helping others. Don worked for more than 20 years as a BC Ambulance Service paramedic, retiring as Advanced Life Support. During this time, he volunteered as a fire fighter in Pitt Meadows, rising up through the ranks. In 2001, he was appointed full-time Deputy Fire Chief, and in 2008 promoted to Fire Chief.
In addition to Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue, Don is the 1st Vice President of the Fire Chiefs Association of BC and Editorial writer for Fire Fighting in Canada Magazine. He is an instructor at the Justice Institute of BC in multiple disciplines and sits on several governance and educational advisory boards. These roles keep him connected to the cutting edge of public safety and bring them back to the community.
Don resides with his wife in Pitt Meadows. He’s an avid golfer, sports enthusiast, and Seahawks fan.
Forrest Smith, P.Eng - Director of Operations & Engineering
As the Director of the Engineering & Operations Division, Forrest is responsible for the engineering design, planning, construction and maintenance of the City's infrastructure. With today’s focus on carbon neutrality, going green, and environmental preservation, Forrest also spearheads the environmental protection & stewardship programs to ensure the City of Pitt Meadows is not only compliant, but thought of as a municipal leader.
“It’s critical for us to be aligned with Metro Vancouver to ensure we’re delivering quality services to our residents. Providing quality drinking water, sewage treatment, solid waste collection, and drainage are everyday necessities provided to the public. Our residents deserve quality, and that’s what we’re delivering,” he says.
Forrest has spent the past 10 years working in private industry, constructing improvement projects throughout Canada. After the birth of his first child, the allure of working away from home on large mega projects was quickly overshadowed by the joy of raising a family. In October 2015, Forrest joined the City of Pitt Meadows, tasked with the role of Project Engineer. His quest for community improvement has led him to the role he performs today.
Forrest and his wife reside in Pitt Meadows, where he grew up. He’s passionate about food, travelling, and family, including nights with his father rebuilding a classic car.
Vacant - Director of Community & Cultural Services
Stephanie St. Jean, MBA, CHRP – Director of Corporate Services
Stephanie’s main objective is to lead and manage the City of Pitt Meadows' Human Resources, Information Technology, and Communications departments, ensuring they are all supporting the corporation's objectives as effectively as possible. She works to develop, implement, and execute objectives, policies, and procedures aligned with Council strategy for all three divisions.
Stephanie was able to apply her past education and experience in IT and Business to Administrative Operations while employed at BCIT. While working with a community of people to develop large budgets and capital plans, space management and enrolment planning, she found her love for people and focused on a career in Human Resources. Continuing her quest for knowledge, she earned her MBA in 2010.
Stephanie realized her passion to broaden her experience, yet maintain her connection to public sector service, people and community, and she joined the City of Pitt Meadows in 2016.
“I felt like local government was an ideal next step for me. Having grown up in a small town, I really appreciated the sense of community that is inherent to a smaller city," she says.
Stephanie resides in Mission with her husband and two young children. She can often be found enjoying various community events, volunteering as Board Chair for Mission Daycare Society or hiking local trails with her trusty companion Gracie, a 5 year old Labrador Retriever.
Tina Penney – Manager of Administrative Services
Tina is responsible for the management and operation of several key municipal functions. She leads a team in providing council support and direction regarding agendas, parliamentarian services for council meetings, and internal legislative and para-legal advice, as well as overseeing Council-appointed committees and ensuring proper practice in legislative process and procedures. Tina is the point of contact for Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation issues at the City, and she acts as Chief Electoral Officer of local government elections including referendums, and is liaison for all administrative requirements for Mayor and CAO.
Tina’s desire to feel connected to the community is what motivated her work at a number of municipalities. She began as a City Clerk with the City of Port Moody and worked her way through multiple positions, up to and including CAO for the Town of Gibsons. “Local government is the ‘closest to the people’ and enables me day after day to provide assistance internally and externally on matters that directly affect the governance for continuous growth of a strong community,” she says. Tina joined the City of Pitt Meadows in January 2016.
In her spare time, Tina educates herself through travel. She shares these life learning experiences with her husband and two elementary school-aged children. Tina also volunteers as President of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) at her children’s school.