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Remembering Rodney Cumby: Honouring our Esteemed CAMA Board Representative for Newfoundland and Labrador


It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Rodney Cumby, a valued member of the Canadian Association of Municipality Administrators (CAMA) community and the current Board Representative for Newfoundland and Labrador. Rodney's passing marks a significant loss for municipal governance, particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador, where he made enduring contributions to the field.

Rodney Cumby was no stranger to the national stage of municipal government, having served on the CAMA Board from 2015 to 2018 and he was a returning member since 2022. His dedication to advancing the profession and advocating for the interests of municipalities across the country have left a lasting impact. 

As the City Manager for the City of Corner Brook, Rodney played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of western Newfoundland. With 24 years of experience in municipal government, his leadership extended far beyond Corner Brook, encompassing roles in Pouch Cove, Torbay, Paradise, and The City of Lloydminster, Alberta.

Throughout his career, Rodney was recognized as a strategic thinker and collaborative leader. He possessed a remarkable ability to build networks and forge partnerships with government, business, and residents to drive positive change. Under his guidance, award-winning municipal teams flourished, delivering impactful projects that enriched communities.

Rodney's dedication to professional development was evident in his pursuit of continuous learning. Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University and specialized training in negotiation skills from the University of Alberta, he remained committed to honing his skills and knowledge throughout his tenure.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Rodney was a pillar of the municipal sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. Serving fifteen years on the Executive of Newfoundland's Professional Municipal Administrators, including four years as President, he played a vital role in shaping the province's municipal landscape. His contributions extended to various committees, including the TRIO Pension and Benefits Board and the Municipal Assessment Agency.

As we reflect on Rodney's legacy, let us remember his unwavering commitment to public service, his passion for municipal governance, and his enduring impact on the communities he served. His memory will continue to inspire us as we strive to uphold the values and principles he held dear.

Our thoughts are with Rodney's family, friends, colleagues, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. May his legacy serve as a guiding light for future generations of municipal leaders.

Rest in peace, Rodney Cumby. You will be deeply missed, but your contributions will live on in the hearts and minds of those you touched. 

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