Brad Gilbert (Submitted photo)

Brad Gilbert (Submitted photo)

The last open senior management position in city hall has been filled. As of May 2, Brad Gilbert will start his new job as director of recreation and facilities for the City of Merritt.

Gilbert comes from Athabasca, Alberta, most recently as the general manager for the Athabasca Regional Multiplex Society. He comes equipped with a degree in physical education with a minor in business economics.

“I’m a bit of a visionary — very creative,” he told the Herald in a phone interview. “Somebody who sees the potential and at the same time has the business acumen to put a plan together and see that vision through properly.”

“He is passionate about delivering high quality services, monitoring for effectiveness, and analyzing cost recovery,” said Merritt CAO Shawn Boven in a press release. The role has been vacant since December of 2015, when Larry Plotnikoff left the position as of leisure services manager following the release of an audit that faulted him for cost overruns for the multi-sport complex project.

Gilbert said he was also looking forward to the mountain lifestyle here in the valley.