The City of North Battleford has hired a new finance director who has experience working in various roles across the province.
Steve Brown replaces Amarjit Mahil, who stepped down this summer to take a job with the University of Saskatchewan.
Brown was most recently working as a business improvement consultant after his services as the director of finance were terminated with the City of Prince Albert in March.
According to Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne, the decision, at the time, was described as a choice to "go in a different direction.”
“Steve Brown did lots of good work. He straightened out lots of our books and how we should report and he found us lots of cost-saving programs to put into place,” Dionne told paNOW. “But we decided it was time to go our separate ways and we are looking at a different direction.”
Brown took over the role in Prince Albert from ousted former finance director Joe Day in early 2016.
Brown previously held the role of corporate services director in Prince Albert and worked as the finance director in Humboldt. He spent time with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in Regina from 2008 to 2011 and was one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Municipal Asset Management. He also has experience in the private sector.
North Battleford City Manager Randy Patrick said they were drawn to Brown for his “considerable experience.”
“One of our things was to have someone who understands municipal accounting and he comes with that,” he told battlefordsNOW.
Regarding Brown's termination from his role at the City of Prince Albert, Patrick would only say: “I’m afraid you would have to ask [Prince Albert] about that.”
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