Kincardine community services co-ordinator leaving for new post


By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s community services co-ordinator is leaving this month to take on the role of Meaford’s new economic development officer.


Stephen Murray announced last Wednesday that he will be leaving the Municipality of Kincardine after 13 years as a municipal employee as economic development and tourism manager and community services and special projects co-ordinator. While he has enjoyed his time in Kincardine, he told The Independent, it’s time for a change.


“I was trained in economic development so I miss that part of the job,” he said. “You get to do more projects that you can come back and see and know you’ve made a difference.”


As well, locating to Meaford means moving closer to family.


“When you have young kids it’s nice to be near grandparents,” Murray said.


There are a number of projects in Kincardine that Murray said he is proud to have been a part of. The exterior restoration of the Arts Centre and the transformation of a derelict mini putt course into the Queen’s Lookout are two examples.


“It’s only benefited the downtown,” he said.


Murray was also involved with the development of the soccer fields at the former landfill site on Bruce Avenue. Since the fields were constructed, he said, there has been new residential development in the area.


“The fields are the envy of a lot of communities.”


More recently, Murray has been responsible for new signage throughout the municipality and promoting Kincardine as a premier surfing destination. He said highlights of the job included working with community volunteers and with Kelly McDonald, of Kincardine Tourism.


Murray said that Meaford is looking at taking on some of the same projects that Kincardine has already carried out, including harbour redevelopment, so he will bring that experience to the job.


“Stephen’s expertise and experience and his results driven approach will be extremely beneficial to the Municipality of Meaford and we look forward to welcoming Stephen to the staff team,” Meaford CAO Denyse Morrissey said in a media release.


Murray will begin his new job on May 5.