The City of Whitehorse has a new director of infrastructure and operations.
Peter O’Blenes fills the seat left vacant by Brian Crist, who was fired back in March for reasons never publicly disclosed.
O’Blenes was formally acknowledged at Monday evening’s committee meeting by Mayor Dan Curtis.
A former project manager for Metform International Machinery in Mississauga, Ont., O’Blenes worked in the manufacturing sector for more than 25 years.
He completed a bachelor of science from the University of New Brunswick in 1987 and also holds a masters of science from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.
O’Blenes moved to Whitehorse just over a year ago while working for another company.
The opportunity with the city came up a few months ago and he felt he could contribute, he said.
“My partner lives here so it made sense for this point in my life,” he added. “I’ve had high regards for the city since I moved here, the services are excellent and I think the city does a lot for people’s everyday lives. And it’s a lifestyle change I’d always envisioned for myself.”