City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan

Administration

 Randy Patrick

City Manager - Randy Patrick

As City Manager, Randy Patrick is responsible for managing, organizing city manpower and resources in support of Council’s decisions.  He manages and motivates the Corporate Leadership Team and through them the city’s employees.  He coordinates staff’s recommendations to Council and puts together the overall administrative, budgeting, servicing initiatives, capital projects and related strategies throughout the City. The City Manager oversees the city’s $30 million combined operating and capital budgets.

Randy has 18 years of senior management experience in economic development, utilities, and municipal government. He has served as Chief Administrative Officer in two cities: Chestermere, Alberta and Thompson, Manitoba. He holds a National Advanced Certificate in Local Government.

Randy, his wife Launa, and son Brandon are thrilled to be moving back to North Battleford.  He has five other children living in various communities in Western Canada.  They have lived here before when Randy worked with Enterprise Saskatchewan.  In his spare time, Randy enjoys martial arts and has attained a black belt in Gjou Ryu Karate.  He is a life-long learner and has acquired a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.

 

Director of Finance - Steve Brown

Steve joined the City on October 29, 2018, as the Finance Director.   As a highly qualified individual who has worked in the municipal field since 2008, Steve’s work experience includes working for the City’s of Humboldt and Prince Albert as the Director of Finance.  Steve has also worked at Saskatchewan Housing Corporation as a Business Improvement Consultant and at the Municipal Affairs office as a Senior Financial Analyst.   He is well versed in budgeting and has a thorough knowledge of Public Sector Accounting standards and applicable local government legislation.

As the Director of Finance, Steve is responsible for the financial management of the City and performs the statutory duties of the Treasurer.

Steve is a Certified General Accountant and has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina.   Away from work, Steve likes to golf, swim and tinker with the mechanics of various vehicles.

 Dan Loewen

Director of Infrastructure Services - Dan Loewen

Dan began working at the City of North Battleford in 2015. His responsibilities include overseeing the maintenance of City-owned roads, streets, sidewalks, parks, green spaces, equipment, repairs, cemetery and forestry.

Dan is a Licensed Interprovincial Heavy Equipment Technician and a Certified Safety Instructor. Previously, Dan developed a decade of experience in managing oil field companies as well as his own business. Away from work, Dan is passionate about Rodeo and remains involved in the scene along with his family.

 

Debbie Wohlberg

Director of Legislative Services - Debbie Wohlberg

Debbie Wohlberg began with the City in March 2003. Duties of the City Clerk are prescribed in legislation focusing mainly on Council in respect to meetings, agendas, minutes legislation and public notice. Other responsibilities include bylaws, land transfer requests, corporate records management, agreements, tenders/RFPs, Central Reception and the Historic Archives. The City Clerk also acts as the Returning Officer for general municipal elections.

Debbie’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan and the Local Government Administration certificate from the University of Regina. Debbie brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of rural and urban administration. 

Her personal interests include keeping active with golfing and volleyball, doing yard work and growing flowers, as well as volunteering and supporting various organizations and groups in the community.  She attends regular blood donor clinics as well as maintains a valid CPR/First Aid Certificate. 

 

 

Director of Leisure Services  - Cheryl Deneire

On August 16, 2018, Cheryl joined the Corporate Leadership Team as the new Director of Leisure Services.

Reporting to the City Manager, The Director of Leisure Services oversees the year to year maintenance and care of all recreation /leisure facilities.  As Director, Cheryl provides direction and leadership to the development of the programs and activities of the Leisure Services Department. 

Previous to working for the City of North Battleford, Cheryl was the Director of Parks, Recreation, Culture and Tourism at the Town of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan.

Cheryl has a BA in Recreation Administration and her specialty is Facility Management and Strategic Planning.  With over 20 years of experience at the senior management level, Cheryl supports the City as Director of Leisure with her vast knowledge in recreation, sports, culture, tourism, literacy, program planning and development and the delivery of training workshops.  Her experience at a senior management level in the development and monitoring of budgets and her working knowledge with councils and advisory boards assists the City Manager in the strategic direction of the Leisure Services Department.

Prior to working for the City, Cheryl was the grant adjudicator for the Southern region of Saskatchewan for the Community Initiatives Fund.  Her hobbies include Sci-Fi and attending comic cons and comedy theatre nights.

Cheryl enjoys volunteering for the Dekker Centre where she helps with ticket processing and assisting with other customer service needs.

Jennifer Niesink

Director of Planning and Development - Jennifer Niesink

Jennifer moved to North Battleford in 2009 from Southern Ontario. She began working with the City in 2013. As Director of Planning and Development, she is responsible for planning, economic development, communications, building and licencing, and engineering. Jennifer is passionate about growing our community and developing the downtown core of North Battleford.

 

 

Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief - Trevor Brice

Trevor Brice began at North Battleford Fire Department in March of 2016. Trevor comes with 35 years of experience in fire and protective services. His experience includes time as Deputy Chief in Regina, Chief Fire Administrator for the Province of Alberta and multiple positions with fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom.

Trevor also holds two Masters Degrees, one in Arts & Leadership from Royal Roads College and an MBA from Henly Management College. He has also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Millennium Medal, 20 Year Meritorious Service Medal along with numerous designations and certifications in the fire and safety field.

Also, Trevor was a long-time rugby player and now referees the game. He loves the outdoors and spending time with his family.

 Stewart Schafer

Director of Utility ServicesStewart Schafer

Stewart began working for the City of North Battleford in 2008. Stewart was born in North Battleford but raised in Calgary. He returned to the City in 1987. Stewart is a Graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to working for the City of North Battleford, Stewart worked as an Engineer for the City of Saskatoon and The Battlefords Tribal Council. Outside of work Stewart enjoys hiking and sailing.

 

Director of Human Resources - Trish McConnell

As a member of the Corporate Leadership Team, Trish joined the City of North Battleford in April 2018.  She possesses a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from Ontario and the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) certification and brings with her over 20 years of experience having worked at both the local government and private sector levels.  Throughout her career, Trish has acquired numerous Municipal and Human Resources academia, including a Human Resources Management Diploma and the Executive Certificate in Municipal Management (Dipl. M.M.). 

As the Director of Human Resources, she is responsible for all HR Services and activities which include health, safety and wellness, recruitment, compensation, education and training, total rewards and benefits, employee engagement and labour relations.  Included in her portfolio is the management of both the Information Technology and Payroll Teams.

Trish is a qualified Conflict Manager and Mediator and has an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor.  She is a member of the Canadian Association of Workplace Investigators (CAWI) and also possesses a Mental Health Leadership Certificate from Queen’s University in Ontario.

She is an avid golfer, curler and skier and makes good use of the Leisure Services that are provided by the City.  She enjoys supporting and volunteering her time for charitable causes in the community and has recently begun to volunteer for City’s CPTED program.