Mayor and Council Welcome New City Manager


Mayor Rick Chrest and City Council are pleased to welcome Mr. Ron Bowles to the City of Brandon as the 10th City Manager.  

Previously, Mr. Bowles served as a General Manager for the City of Campbell River, B.C. He arrived in Manitoba a few weeks ago and has completed 14 days of self-isolation as required by the Provincial Public Health Order. 

“The pandemic had slowed us down for a while, but we are extremely pleased to have completed our national selection process and now welcome Mr. Ron Bowles to the role of Brandon’s City Manager,” notes Mayor Rick Chrest. “Ron’s wide experience, fresh perspectives and proven coaching attributes will be a great fit for the corporation, our staff, community partners, and stakeholders.” 

“Brandon has a long and storied history of being a community of welcoming, sharing and resilient people,” notes City Manager Ron Bowles. “I will work tirelessly with City Council, community groups, neighbourhoods and businesses to do my part in ensuring this legacy continues.”  

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the City of Brandon Corporation and reports directly to City Council. The City Manager maintains strong ties with local business, community organizations, and the community at large and seeks feedback to ensure the City of Brandon is providing relevant, efficient, and effective services. 

“On behalf of Council, we would also sincerely thank and commend Mr. Dean Hammond for serving in the Acting City Manager capacity for the past 18 months,” notes Mayor Chrest. “We wish him well in his continuing role as City Treasurer and GM of Corporate Services.” 

“My initial focus will be on delivering Council’s strategic goals,” notes Bowles. “I will also work on blending my leadership style into the existing senior management team and am looking to understand how the City’s protocols ensure COVID-19 safe services are provided. Ensuring the City has the right systems and people in place to deliver economic stimulus projects on-time and on-budget is also one of my priorities.” 

Born in Winnipeg, Mr. Bowles has family connections in Brandon and is familiar with the Westman area. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and really, anything outside. He looks forward to meeting new friends, colleagues, and community leaders! 

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