MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Chris Wray, AMCT, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer of the Municipality of Wawa, was sworn in as President of AMCTO (the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario) during the Closing Ceremonies of the Association's 77th Annual Conference held in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Founded in 1938, AMCTO is Ontario's largest municipal professional association, and the leading professional development organization for Ontario's local government managers.
Chris Wray recently returned to Wawa as CAO/Clerk-Treasurer after spending 18 months as CAO for the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Chris had been the CAO /Clerk-Treasurer in Wawa from 1999 to 2012 arriving from Ignace, Ontario where he was the CAO / Clerk-Treasurer from 1996 – 1999. Wray came to the municipal sector following a successful private sector career in the Finance and Office Management fields.
Chris has served on many Boards including AMCTO, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Local Authority Services (LAS), and the Municipal-Industry Program Committee (Blue Box). Chris recently re-joined the Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) where he served as Chairperson from 2007 until 2012. Wray was instrumental in developing the Northern Information Technology and Geomatics Cooperative. Most recently Chris has been involved in several committees in discussing OPP Billing Reform and Provincial Land Tax Reform.
In his inaugural address, Chris Wray praised the efforts of AMCTO in consistently collaborating with other municipal associations, in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally for the betterment of the municipal sector as a whole. Wray stated that the focus of his term as president, will be on further enhancing cooperation and formal partnerships with other municipal staff associations, for greater strength in tackling the common and uncommon issues facing municipalities large and small across the province.
Said Wawa Mayor, Ron Rody: "Chris is an experienced, knowledgeable and proven leader at the local, regional and provincial levels. His enthusiasm, energy and work ethic will bring strong and effective leadership to the role of AMCTO president. Moving forward his leadership will be instrumental as AMCTO works through a period when senior municipal leaders retire and new municipal leaders are sought, trained and installed throughout the province. Chris has my congratulations and support as he embarks on this new challenge in his career."
At the Board of Director's meeting on June 10th, 2015, Stephane Palmateer, AMCT, Clerk for the City of Timmins, was named as AMCTO Vice President for the 2015 – 2016 term.
SOURCE AMCTO (Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario)
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