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Martin Houde announces his retirement as Vaudreuil-Dorion Director General


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Martin Houde, the Director General for Vaudreuil-Dorion, announced his retirement at the start of the council meeting on December 2.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Director General Martin Houde announced he’s stepping down from his duties as the city’s Director General during the Monday evening council meeting on December 2. In the interim, Houde will act as a Special Advisor on Transition and Strategic Planning for the city until his official retirement date scheduled for March, 2020.

The retirement announcement was a bittersweet moment for Houde whose experience working within municipal milieus spans three decades. “It feels good but I’m a bit emotional. It’s difficult but it was a good day for me,” Houde told The Journal during a telephone interview on December 3.

Best time in Vaudreuil-Dorion

“I worked for 10 years in Beaconsfield, 10 years in Ste. Anne de Bellevue and 10 years here. For sure my best time has been in Vaudreuil-Dorion. It’s a big city and very fast paced. I had a lot of challenges. The employees and council are great,” said Houde.

Houde said he plans to take at least six months off to enjoy his retirement. He will then consider pursuing other opportunities. “I’m very happy with the 10 years I’ve spent in Vaudreuil-Dorion. That was my objective to do what I had to do with the council, employees and groups,” said Houde.

“The new management team is in place and I’m very proud of them. The council is ready to take on the challenge. We have great employees too. They’re all here to help our citizens,” he added.

New Director General

Olivier Van Neste was appointed as the city’s new Director General and has officially begun his duties. He will make his first appearance in his new role at the upcoming special council session to announce the city’s 2020 budget on December 9.

Van Neste’s work experience within the city’s administration includes positions as Director of the Public Works department and Director of Development and Land Use Planning. He has 16 years of experience working within a municipal environment.

“I’m very excited about my new position. The transition has been announced a while ago. I have big shoes to fill with the departure of Martin Houde. I’ve been working with him for more than 15 years now. It’s the end of an era for me. He’s been my boss for a while. It’s my mentor who’s taking his retirement now,” said Van Neste.

Deputy Director General

Marco Pilon, the city’s Treasurer and Director of Finance will assume the additional role as Deputy Director General. He will keep his finance positions which he has held since arriving at the city in 2011. Over the years, Pilon has assumed the role of Acting Director General. He has 16 years of experience working in a municipal environment.

Mayor Guy Pilon said that both Van Neste and Marco Pilon are familiar with the roles they will assume in their new positions and will be able carry out their responsibilities thanks to their extensive background and knowledge of the municipality’s requirements regarding projects currently in progress and future endeavours.

“I want to thank Mr. Houde for his contribution to the organization. During his 10 years with the city, first as Assistant Director General and then as Director General, he has contributed to the advancement of several major projects,” said Mayor Pilon.

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