The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has appointed Norm McPhail as its new general manager of corporate and community services.
McPhail has over 30 years experience working in the RCMP, 11 of those with the Whistler detachment. Most recently he was the officer in charge of the RCMP detachment in Nanaimo.
“Norm brings many years of extensive management and leadership experience from a long and distinguished career with the RCMP,” said the municipality's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mike Furey in a release. “We look forward to welcoming Norm back to Whistler as part of our team.”
McPhail brings a diverse background in policing to his new role that includes administrative, training, First Nations policing, international relations, and operations experience. He was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Meritorious Service Medal in 2003 in recognition of his role during the Okanagan and Kootenay area firestorm events. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the RCMP's Distinguished Service Medal.
The longtime RCMP officer is replacing former general manager Bob MacPherson, who worked 14 years with the municipality. MacPherson left the position earlier this summer to take on his new role as the CAO for the District of Tofino.
The general manager of corporate and community servives reports to the CAO and is responsible for the overall direction and management of the RMOW's Corporate and Community Services Division, which oversees several municipal areas like financial services, information technology and legislative services. The general manager also assists in developing and implementing strategic direction for the municipality.
McPhail will begin in his new position on Oct. 21.