Mulgrave gets new CAO

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – Darlene Berthier-Sampson has been hired as Mulgrave’s new CAO, replacing Jim Davis as he retires. A native of L’Ardoise, Richmond County, Berthier-Smith has returned to the Strait Area after 10 years working in Newfoundland. She started in her new position, which includes the role of financial manager for the town, on Jan. 7.

As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and auditor, she brings a strong financial background to a municipality that has been struggling to survive.

When asked what she is looking forward to in the new role, she is quick to reply: “Everything,” adding that “the people here are terrific.”

Berthier-Smith also worked in Port Hawkesbury for 15 years.

“Mulgrave is a terrific town. Yes, it has challenges but so does every other town and municipality in Nova Scotia,” she said during an interview Tuesday. “And I welcome a challenge.”

In addition to strong financial management, the new CAO says she is keen to get involved with long-term planning for Mulgrave and economic development efforts.