With an eye on growth in the future, the City of Barrie decided on adding some extensive experience in filling a key role on Dec 6. Effective Jan. 16, Blaine Parkin will step into the role of infrastructure and growth management general manager.
Parkin brings a good deal of experience, in both the private and municipal sectors, to the job. He was most recently chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town of New Tecumseth. Prior to that, he held the positions of administrative office deputy chief and infrastructure and development general manager at New Tecumseth.
“This is a key leadership role within the municipality and we are pleased to have Blaine join our executive management team,” City of Barrie CAO Michael Prowse said. “Blaine’s extensive experience as well as his strengths as a leader and collaborator will be an asset to Barrie as we begin to enter our next phrase of incredible growth.”
Parkin is a familiar face at the City of Barrie, having worked there for 10 years in various capacities before moving on to the Town of New Tecumseth. Previous jobs with the City of Barrie included corporate asset management director, strategic services and economic development director, policy and development manager and policy and program engineer.
Parkin’s new role will see him lead a multi-faceted division that includes planning and building services, engineering, environmental services and roads, parks and fleet.
“It has been an honour and pleasure serving the Town of New Tecumseth,” Parkin said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the town and am so grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the great team here.”
Along with his extensive experience, the professional engineer also has a bachelor of applied science-civil engineering degree from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of environmental studies in architecture degree from the University of Manitoba.
Parkin has also worked as a surety claims adjuster with The Guarantee Company of North America.
“CAO Parkin has been a strong leader for our administration and has been instrumental in improving our efficiency and effectiveness,” New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne said. “It has been a pleasure to work with Blaine and, while we are sorry to see him move on from the town, we certainly wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”