Peter Kelly moves to Alberta for work

Job opportunities just better out west for former mayor.

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The booming Albertan job market has taken another of Nova Scotia's sons from its undulating bosom. The bright lights, big money of Westlock County has proven too good an opportunity to pass up for ex-mayor Peter Kelly.

As published in the Westlock News, the award-winning weekly Westlock newspaper (which also serves the village of Clyde), Kelly has been hired this week as the municipality's new CAO.

The former Halifax mayor, who we've written a bit about before, tells that paper he will bring experience in both intra- and inter-governmental relations to his new roll.

“It's all about serving our masters, which is the public,” he's quoted as saying.

Mayor for 12 years, Kelly had previously served the public of Halifax by having them pay off a $360,000 bill in the concert scandal, and then also taking some liberties in removing over $160,000 from a dead woman's personal bank account.

It's unclear if paying off debts factored into Kelly's decision to move out west, like so many a university graduate.

Aside from having a logo straight out of '80s pro wrestling, Westlock sits about 85 km north of Edmonton. According to Wikipedia, average annual precipitation falls within 468 mm.

What this means for HRM's termite population, remains to be seen.

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