Scotty Edgerton – well-known in these parts for community management – is now managing the Town of Hay River.
Edgerton was hired as interim senior administrative officer (SAO) on Oct. 22 for a three-month term to end on Jan. 22.
“He is going to be a great help for our community,” said Mayor Brad Mapes. “He’s very knowledgeable. He’s well-known to the Northwest Territories. He knows the ins and outs with the way that MACA works with their funding. And he’s a problem-solver.”
Mapes said there are some lingering concerns about town management resulting from the municipal workers’ strike earlier this year.
The need for an interim SAO arose in late September with the departure of former SAO David Steele.
Edgerton said he is enjoying his new duties.
“Sitting home watching TV doesn’t do it for me,” he said.
Edgerton previously served for four years as SAO with the Hamlet of Enterprise and for five years as chief executive officer with K’atlodeeche First Nation.
This is his first time working with the Town of Hay River.
Edgerton said the interim role will initially be for three months, although he noted that may be extended depending on the work that needs to be done.
In addition, he will help with the search for a permanent SAO, and is also assisting in finding a finance officer.
With the passage of a bylaw on Nov. 2, the SAO title has been changed to town manager.
“Basically that’s what it is,” said Edgerton. “The senior administrative officer is the town manager.”