Council hires Matt Noble to fill position effective Oct. 1
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The City of Moose Jaw had high appeal for Matt Noble.
“I looked at other potential communities to locate in. Moose Jaw was at the top of the list,” said Noble on Wednesday when the city announced he is the new city manager. “We look upon Moose Jaw as a community that is entering the transition period. We see tremendous potential to work with a blended council … To be honest, take all of the political jargon out of it — we’re really excited.”
Just over two months since the city severed the contract with former city manager Garry McKay, the city announced Matt Noble has been appointed the city manager. He will assume his position on Oct. 1.
“I’m ecstatic to have received the offer and myself and my wife (Deb) are very much looking forward to relocating to Moose Jaw,” said Noble.
Noble has been the chief administrative officer/ corporate services manager in Merritt, B.C. for the last three years. Before that he was the city manager of Swift Current for nine years where he oversaw projects such as the new Cypress Regional Hospital, wastewater treatment plant, i-plex renovation and expansion as well as infrastructure installation for land development.
“I enjoyed every minute of my time (in Swift Current). It’s a great community and it’s one of the other reasons I feel so comfortable coming back to Saskatchewan,” said Noble, who grew up in the Edmonton area. He and his wife have one son living in Edmonton and a daughter living in Michigan.
According to a city news release, Noble’s previous experience also includes reporting on financial and planning issues to the board of directors with Provo Power Company Ltd., now owned by Fortis.
Some of his responsibilities as chief financial officer included management information systems, long-term planning, regulatory reporting, human resources, banking, investments and administration. He has also held senior positions with Development Companies and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation.
Noble is also a certified management accountant with experience in municipal government policy, public administration, community development, economic development and provincial legislation. He has also led several strategic initiatives and operating and capital budgets.
He said he believes his experience shows he has a ”track record that shows when used objectively I can contribute to many of the planning issues that will be faced by the community in the future.”
Mayor Deb Higgins said having a new city manager in place is good news, especially considering all of the growth demands, ongoing projects and the “need to build and renew infrastructure.”
“We’re really at a crossroads in the city. There’s lots of opportunity before us and we need to be prepared to take advantage of those opportunities and … build a really solid foundation for the future of the community,” said Higgins. “(Noble’s) experience is much needed at this point in time.”
She cited his previous experience as city managers is an asset as well as his financial background which would be important particularly in long-term planning. She said there were a lot of “extremely good candidates.”
“When we got down to the shortlist and actually doing interviews for the city manager position, Mr. Noble really stuck out with just the attitude he brought, the experience he brought to the job,” said Higgins. “I think Moose Jaw’s really going to benefit in the long run from his … presence and guidance.”
She said councillors felt the city manager position was “one of the most important decisions we will make” and so councillors and the entire personnel committee were directly involved in the selection process. The final decision was made just over a week ago.
“It was decided by a vote and we’ll leave it at that,” said Higgins. “Council’s decision was to accept Mr. Noble’s application because we felt that he was very well-suited to our community and our needs at this point in time.”
She added there will be planning sessions between council and city administration in the fall and Noble is “working to be here for those meetings.” She said he will arrive on Monday.
“I’m so pleased that he’ll be able to be in attendance for those meetings,” said Higgins. “I’m very pleased that we could attract a candidate with the calibre of Mr. Noble.”
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