Chief Administrative Officer
Halifax Regional Municipality
With almost 30 years of senior and executive management experience in private and public sector roles, Richard Butts is driving a positive culture that values accountability, performance and opportunity through all levels of the Halifax Regional Municipality, where he has served as the Chief Administrative Officer since 2011.
While real change leaders are not always found in executive roles, Richard continuously engages his strategic intent with the latest data and mobilizes a broad base of talent throughout the organization to respond to often rapidly changing realities.
He oversees a municipal budget of approximately $1 Billion and the outcomes of over 4,000 employees who deliver the policies and programs established and approved by Regional Council. In doing so, Richard always considers citizens first in organizational design to help align all employees with a fiscally responsible, service-centred purpose.
Richard’s career began with senior roles at Laidlaw Waste Systems and Waste Management. In 1998, he joined the City of Toronto in their Solid Waste Management Division rising to General Manager in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Deputy City Manager. In this role, he was ultimately accountable for the outcomes of a municipal budget of $2.2 billion and over 10,000 employees involved in all aspects of operations, planning and development.