It has been said success is a byproduct not only of an individual's own capabilities, but also those of the individuals he or she is surrounded by.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Ty Stokes, director of engineering with the city, is pictured at Tuesday's council meeting at city hall.
If that is the case, the City of Moose Jaw could be on the track toward more effective governance.
Earlier this week, Times-Herald reporter Lisa Goudy broke the story that Moose Jaw had found its successor to Garry McKay.
As of Oct. 1, Moose Jaw will have a new city manager, and his name is Matt Noble.
We also have a new director of engineering in Tyron Stokes, who officially joined the city's administrative team in July.
With these two hires, the city has addressed much of the criticism it has faced from members of the public in the past.
Stokes' resume reflects a depth of experience overseeing large-scale civic engineering projects. This includes managing a $41 million infrastructure project that constructed seven kilometres of new roadway, including an infrastructure and a bridge; and management on a project that installed new water lines and a wastewater treatment plant.
Noble, meanwhile, brings nine years of managerial experience with Swift Current, an additional three years as the chief administration officer and corporate services manager in Merritt, B.C., and previous experience in finance.
Like Stokes, Noble oversaw projects that included infrastructure expansion and a wastewater treatment plant, as well as the new Cypress Regional Hospital.
Moose Jaw's key infrastructural shortfalls include roadways and water lines. It is currently in the process of building a new hospital. The fit for these two individuals is too convenient to pass off as mere coincidence.
If a driver of success is surrounding oneself with the right individuals, the city has made a good first step. But administrative officials serve at the pleasure of council and, particularly in the case of the city manager, must deliver on the will of council.
They serve as advisors and take an active role in the projects council gives the green light.
Let's hope council takes advantage of the expertise they have now in order to address the infrastructure needs that have been looming for a long time.