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Chris Woodward (1985 - 1988)

Chris Woodward Chris Woodward was the tenth deputy minister (1985-1988). His introduction to municipal governance came in the field. In his early years at the ministry, he travelled throughout the province to help officials in small municipalities draft by-laws and file financial returns. In addition to his on-the-job training, Woodward completed the University of British Columbia Municipal Education course and was certified by the Board of Examiners.

Woodward spent his career with the department and retired after 37 years of service. In 1967, he became the director of the new administration division. He was the assistant deputy minister from 1974-1981, the inspector of municipalities from 1981-1985, and deputy minister from 1985-1988.

On June 7, 1988, Minister Rita Johnston thanked him in the legislature for his many years of public service.

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Johnson, Rita. “Estimates: Ministry of Municipal Affairs.” In B.C. Legislative Assembly Legislative Debates (Hansard). 34rd Parliament. 2nd Session. 7 June 1988 23 Feb. 2009 <www.leg.bc.ca/Hansard/34th2nd/34p_02s_880607p.htm>
Woodward, Chris. Personal interview. 5 Aug. 2008.