Senior Management Team

Jeff Lees, Chief Administrative Officer

Jeff Lees CAO

Jeff Lees is the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer working with Council and staff to ensure that the municipal policies and procedures are implemented, advising and informing council on municipal affairs and ensuring appropriate staffing is in place.  Additionally, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the municipality which includes leading the senior management team, preparing materials for Council meetings and acting as the primary advisor to Council ensuring their strategic vision is implemented.

Jeff believes that Municipal Government is an extremely rewarding career, which provides front line services through a number of business units/divisions within the departments each and every day that is closest to the end users, the residents and business owners.  He feels a great sense of satisfaction knowing that the work by staff throughout the organization has such positive and impactful results on those that call Penetanguishene home. 

Although Jeff started his career as a Chief Administrative Officer in Penetanguishene in 2016, he has a significant amount of municipal leadership experience, having served as the Director of Financial Services/Treasurer for the Township of Georgian Bay since 2010, and as Deputy Treasurer for two years prior to that.  In addition, Jeff worked in a variety of roles at the County of Simcoe immediately after graduating at school.

His current community involvement includes his role as a Rotarian on the Penetanguishene Rotary Club Board of Directors as the Chair of the Community Services Committee, as well as previously a Director and Vice-Chair on the Georgian Bay General Hospital Board.  Jeff currently is a Supervisor of On-Ice Officials with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), and is a certified level 5 Hockey Canada Official, working all levels of hockey with the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA).  Jeff has also officiated at six World Ball Hockey Championships, and several National and Provincial tournaments. 

Jeff is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) having completed his designation through the Certified General Accountant (CGA) program. He has a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Accounting and Information Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University through the Schulich School of Business.

Stacey Cooper, Clerk & Deputy CAO (A)

Stacey CooperStacey Cooper is our Town Clerk, Communications Officer, Accessibility Coordinator, and Acting Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.   She is the local official for elections, municipal legislation, and the Head of the Municipal Freedom of Information Act.  She works with Council, staff and residents to help understand the role of municipal government in making decisions and how the public can play a part.

She believes it is important for the municipality to be as fair and transparent as possible during the conduct of municipal business and to enable the public to understand the process of government at the local level. 

Stacey has worked for the Town of Penetanguishene since 2009 and has been part of 3 of municipal elections.  She is most proud of moving Penetanguishene forward with electronic voting in 2014 and keeping her cool during the 2018 election when technology briefly failed her. 

She worked as an intake coordinator for the Psychiatry Department at Toronto General Hospital for 11 years before coming to the Town of Penetanguishene and joining our team.  She has received certification from AMCTO for Municipal Administration, Municipal Law, Clerks Instite I & II and is working towards her accreditation to become a Certified Ontario Municipal Clerk.

Stacey holds a diploma in Medical Administration from Humber College. 

Tammy Martin, Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety

Tammy Martin

Tammy Martin is our Director of Human Resources/Health & Safety who works with all levels of management, staff and external customers to deal with employee and labour relations, recruitment and selection needs, policy and procedure development in-line with ever changing legislation.  She also helps to facilitate health and safety programs, disability management, coordinates training and development, and helps with organizing staff events.

Tammy believes that our employees are our greatest asset and are invaluable to the organization.

Tammy has worked in the municipal sector for almost 15 years.  Her leadership style is collaborative and embraces empowering the strength in others through guidance and support.

Tammy has been a corporate trainer for over 20 years and holds a Teaching and Training Adults Certificate from Georgian College.  She has also specialized training in conducting workplace investigations, pay equity legislation, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, and workplace safety.

Tammy holds a Post-Graduate Human Resources Degree from Sheridan College and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.   She has held the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) since 2004 and a Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation since 2011.

Carrie Robillard, Director of Finance & Tresurer 

Carrie Robillard

Carrie Robillard is our Director of Finance/Treasurer who works with Finance Department Staff to provide exceptional customer service and friendly professional assistance to residents and visitors to Townhall.  Additionally, her work includes the Annual Budget, Annual Year-end Audit, Corporate Insurance Program, Asset Management Plan and  Financial Planning for the Town’s level of services and for major infrastructure investment.  Carrie strives to be fiscally responsible, transparent, accountable and provide good stewardship over Town assets and resources. 

Carrie began her career with the Town of Penetanguishene in 2009 as the Deputy Treasurer and became the Director of Finance/Treasurer in 2014.  Prior to 2009, Carrie spent 21 years as a Business Development and Loan Officer for a local non-profit organization supporting small business.  From a financial perspective, Carrie has been a part of many exciting projects and events during her time at the Town of Penetanguishene: the divestiture of the Town Wharf, Tall Ships event, construction of Rotary Champlain Wendat Park, Champlain Commemoration event, Philip H. Jones Sewage Treatment Plan expansion and most recently the reconstruction of Main Street.

Carrie has completed many municipal training programs, including the Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Business.  Carrie is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant and is a member of the Municipal Finance Officers Association and the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario.

Carrie enjoys working in the Town that she has called home since 1977.  Carrie loves music, sports, fishing and travel and spending time with her two adult children when they are not doing the same.

Paul Ryan, Fire Chief & Director of Fire and Emergency Services

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is our Director of Emergency Service/Fire Chief, Paul’s primary responsibility is to ensure fire protection services to all residents, visitors and properties within in the Town.  Paul also serves as the Town’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator and works with the Municipal Control Group to ensure the Town has a plan and is prepared for an emergency.

Paul has experience as a Fire Chief in the Township of Tiny, Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland.  Paul is a graduate of Georgian College and the Ontario Fire College.  Paul holds National Fire Protection Association certifications in Fire Service Instructor I&II, Fire Officer I&II, Fire Inspector I, Public Information Officer, Firefighter I&II and Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator.

Paul is a member of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Paul is passionate about the communities he serves and has been involved in a number of projects over his career for the improvement of fire services and public education to the residents.


Sherry Desjardins, Director of Recreation and Community Services

Sherry DesjardinsSherry Desjardins is our Director of Recreation and Community Services.  She works closely with the Facilities Manager, Harbour Master, Recreation and Events Coordinator and Curator to ensure the safe and ongoing operations of the parks, events, wharf, recreation programs, Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives and Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre.

Sherry believes that the duties completed in the Recreation and Community Services department are some of the most rewarding in the municipality as it is where ‘life’ of the community happens. 

In 2008 Sherry opened Bayfield House Retirement Lodge in Penetanguishene in the capacity of General Manager, and in 2016 as a regional manager opened a new long term care home in Welland, Ontario. Since joining the Town’s senior management team in late 2016, Sherry has overseen the development of a municipal cycling strategy, the reconstruction of the Town’s wharf, the revitalization of McGuire Park with a new playground and tennis/pickleball courts; and has been working with her team to rejuvenate Winterama with historical favourites. 

Sherry recently completed the Parks and Recreation Management certificate program. 

She has an honours degree in kinesiology and physical education and geography from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a post graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College.  

Andrea Betty, Director of Planning and Community Development 

Andrea Betty

Andrea Betty is our Director of Planning and Community Development who works with residents to understand what they can do on their property (i.e. land use) and where they can construct buildings. Additionally, her role is to support economic opportunities and community beautification efforts.

Andrea is passionate about building strong and vibrant places to live, raise a family, work and play.

Andrea has worked almost her entire career locally, first with the Town of Midland for ten years and since 2015 with the Town of Penetanguishene.   Andrea has been part of many interesting projects during her time in Midland such as:  Midland’s Downtown Master Plan, developing Midland’s Heritage Inventory and Register and assisted in many of the development projects such as the Bayport Subdivision and the new Commercial Plaza on Highway 12 and Jones Road.  While in Penetanguishene she has overseen the development of a new Official Plan, facilitated discussion on Backyard Chickens and Temporary Garages and is currently working on a new Zoning By-law and Community Improvement Plan for downtown.  

Andrea  is a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.  

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a minor in Geology from Saint Mary’s University. 


Bryan Murray, Director of Public Works

Bryan Murray

Bryan Murray is our Director of Public Works who works with a team of over 20 staff members within the Roads, Water and Wastewater Divisions and helps to ensure that the operations of all Divisions of the Public Works Department are meeting their regulatory and service level requirements on an annual basis.

Bryan believes that the sustainable investment into our infrastructure, including physical and human resources, is the key to providing a community that is both economically and environmentally prosperous.  

Bryan is responsible for the management of the Public Works Capital Plan which has included the Main Street Reconstruction, Champlain Road Rehabilitation and Payette Reservoir Upgrades. Bryan and his team were successful in securing over $4.5 Million in combined Federal and Provincial funding for these projects.  

Bryan is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Municipal Engineers Association.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Windsor.