City hires Nicole Fricot to replace Alan Mason

By David F. Rooney

The City has hired Nicole Fricot as its new Community Economic Development director, which means that while it has hired one new senior manager, it sill has two to go — a new director of Finance and a new Development Services manager.

Nicole Fridot

Fricot lives in Revelstoke with her family. She has more than a decade of experience in strategic planning, project management, grant writing, project evaluation and communications. She has an MA from the University of Calgary and BAs in Education and Human Geography and Women’s Studies from UBC. She replaces Alan Mason who retires at the end of February after 15 years as director of Community Economic Development.

She has worked fr several years as a business strategist and has been involved in a number of local projects and initiatives relating to economic development , community housing and marketing.

“Nicole is a great fit for this position, our organization and our community,” Chief Administration Officer Alan Chabot said in a statement. “Her education, broad range of experience, knowledge of the local community and its agencies and organizations will ensure that the City continues to benefit from leading edge community economic development facilitation, strategies and implementation that it has enjoyed under Alan Mason’s leadership.”

Mayor Mark McKee said the City considers itself” lucky to have a candidate already vested in the economic development of the City of Revelstoke to fill the position. I have no doubt Nicole will be an asset to our organization and the residents of our community.”

In a statement from the City, Fricot she is “thrilled to be taking on this position and have the opportunity to continue the great work that Alan Mason has been doing. I care deeply about our community and am eager to join the City of Revelstoke team in embracing the unique opportunities and specific challenges that we face as our community continues to grow.”

In a separate interview, Chabot said Revelstoke faces challenges when it seeks new senior managers.

Those challenges relate to the city’s “relatively remote” location as well as the community’s ability to attract the right job candidates at the right time in their careers.

“A person needs to be at the right stage of their career and their family life for Revelstoke to be a viable option,” Chabot said. “We’re a relatively remote community, despite being on the Trans-Canada Highway. People with families, I think, may find it difficult to make a move from a place that is familiar to them.” David F. Rooney photo

“A person needs to be at the right stage of their career and their family life for Revelstoke to be a viable option,” Chabot said. “We’re a relatively remote community, despite being on the Trans-Canada Highway. People with families, I think, may find it difficult to make a move from a place that is familiar to them.”

All of the jobs were advertised online and in the local paper. They were also featured on professional association websites.

“We have a good number of applicants for each position… (now the challenge is) coming up with the right individuals. I’m always mindful that when you’re talking about bringing someone on board and providing a job to them that it’s a two-way street. We’re making a decision and they’re also making a decision. It has to fit with the lifestyle they’re looking for and where they feel they’re at in their career and what their plans are.”

 

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2 Responses to “City hires Nicole Fricot to replace Alan Mason”
  1. Peter Humphreys says:

    Wow. Hiring a local. I bet if we tried hard enough the other 2 positions could be filled locally as well. Do we need a Director of Finance with Municipal experience from out of town or a smart local (that wants to live and prosper here) with extensive accounting experience that can learn the municipal way?
    I also take exception to Mr. Cabot’s comment regarding candidates with families. We moved here 17 years ago with 2 children under 2 years of age and it was the best move we ever made. Early child care is second to none, our medical system is far superior to other towns our size and we don’t have to waste a large part of our lives in commuter traffic.
    Target the lifestyle we have to offer and your employees will stay when the going gets rough at work because a spin down the mountain trail after work or the canoe trip on the weekend will more than make up for it.

    • rem says:

      Well said Peter the”acting Director of Finance ” has spent the last decade working along side Mr Inglis . She knows the nature of the beast (city) and where the skeletons are buried. She has proven very loyal and dedicated has a shingle after her name and go figure has a vested interest in this community unlike another senior depthead. The hiring must be consultant driven to defy logic. In tight financial times one would think this would have been obvious