BRACEBRIDGE — The town here has has promoted its transportation maintainence manager to head up the town’s roads and public works department

Geoff Carleton previously headed up public works in Gravenhurst and he worked at the district and Simcoe County.

A town release today says the appointment of Geoffrey Carleton as director of public works says he will take over April 29.

Carleton will be assuming the role of director from Walt Schmid, who is retiring from the town.

As director of public works, Carleton will be responsible for the leadership of the department and general management of the department’s administrative and operational functions.

He will oversee public works operations and initiatives, including development and management and its annual budget and business plan.

The position also puts him in charge of roads, parks, facilities and other infrastructure.

And as a member of the town’s senior management team, Carleton will be expected to help guide the efficient and effective operation of the corporation; promote a positive employee and labour relations environment; and will work with all town staff to help achieve the vision, mission and civic Priorities set out in the town’s 2018-2028 Community-Based Strategic Plan.

“I am very pleased to have Geoff join the Town in this senior leadership role,” said Mayor Graydon Smith in a release. “His management experience with the County of Simcoe and his previous positions with the District Municipality of Muskoka and the Town of Gravenhurst have positioned him well to guide the town’s public works department.”

“The Town of Bracebridge is moving forward with a strong commitment from council to deliver on the objectives of the Community based strategic plan. I look forward to working and contributing along side the professional and knowledgeable staff at the Town to achieve these objectives.” said Carleton.

John Sisson, the town’s CAO, said, “Geoff brings a strong skill set to this role. Geoff is well-known in Muskoka and we’re confident that Geoff will be an outstanding leader for the public works department and the entire organization. Town staff look forward to working with him in this important leadership role.”

Carleton has served as manager of transportation maintenance for the past four years.

He began his municipal career with the District Municipality of Muskoka where he worked for six years as a road maintenance inspector. Subsequently, he joined the Town of Gravenhurst, working in the position of director of infrastructure services for six years.

Carleton graduated with a BA in political science from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. From there he continued his professional development through extensive training related to municipal engineering, engineering design, construction management, roads operations and management, fleet management and other related area.

He holds the certified technician (civil); road construction senior inspector (civil); certified road supervisor; and certified municipal manager III; and LEAN green belt designations.

Carleton has also completed numerous additional training focussing on municipal operations, management, and workplace health and safety.

He resides in Orillia with his wife Roxanne, and two children.