City of Abbotsford fills two senior management positions

City hall hires new general manager of planning and development, and new director of finance

Two vacant senior management positions at city hall have been filled.

The city’s new general manager of planning and development services, Siri Bertelsen, joined the city on Nov. 18.

Bertelsen worked at the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) for more than 19 years, most recently as the director of regional programs. In that position, she oversaw the delivery of services from the regional parks, environmental services, strategic planning and initiatives, First Nations relations, as well as 911 and fire dispatch departments.

The city’s new director of finance, Lisa Pleadwell, will start work Jan. 2.

She will take over all aspects of the municipality’s financial management, as well as oversight responsibilities for the  purchasing function.

Pleadwell currently serves as the director of corporate services at the FVRD in Chilliwack. She previously held positions as the director of finance at School District 34, the manager of financial systems at Fraser Health Authority, regional director of financial planning at Fraser Valley Health Region, as well as spending a number of years heading up a corporate services section of a post-secondary institution.

Other recent additions to city hall include deputy city manager, Jake Rudolph, who took up the post in October. The deputy city manager position was created after the city announced restructuring efforts following the hiring of George Murray, who began as city manager in February.