The City of Kawartha Lakes welcomed their brand-new city clerk, Cathie Ritchie, on November 20th.
The new clerk has over 30 years of experience working in the field of local government, and has spent the last couple years working as Manager of Legislative Services/Clerk for the Northumberland County.
Cathie has lived in Lindsay for the past three years, and is happy to be starting a job so close to home.
“With the City of Kawartha Lakes retirement of their clerk, it is just an absolutely fantastic opportunity for me to work back in my own community again, which is very rewarding,” she said.
Cathy has worked in the upper tiers and lower tiers of government, which will serve as an asset to the City of Kawartha Lakes.
“Going to a single tier city is going to be a new experience for me, but I can bring everything I’ve achieved over the last 30 years to the city. So I’m hoping I can contribute in a meaningful way,” Cathie said.
She added, Kawartha Lakes have gone through a lot of transitions over the last several years, with the amalgamation of Victoria County. So currently, Cathie’s goal will be protecting the rural areas services, such as community centres and fire halls, while at the same time, working with the city to manage their budget and provide an equal level of service to urban areas.
Cathie said, “I do have that perspective, seeing as I’ve been through amalgamation [for the Township of Bathurst] and understood the issues in the urban and rural communities.”
Her plan, when she starts working with the City of Kawartha Lakes, is to ensure all the by-laws and procedures are effective and not out of date.
“My first view, as far as getting comfortable with the position, is reviewing all the politician’s procedures and by-laws of the city, to make sure there all up to date and current,” Cathie said.
She is excited to meet all her new co-workers and get settled into her new position. Cathie has many fond memories of Kawartha Lakes and is glad to be working where she lives.
“I think the City of Kawartha Lakes is a great place to live. I’ve been here for three years, my parents were here for nine,” she said. “We use to vacation up here as children so it’s really nice to be able to work and live in the same community. So that’s really what I’m excited about.”
Cathie started the new city clerk position on Monday, November 20th and is looking forward to serving the Kawartha Lakes community.