The Town of Neepawa officially has a permanenet CAO back on the job. Last Tuesday, CAO Richard Beachey spent his first day in office and the former deputy city clerk for the City of St. Thomas is ready to get right in to the workload. “With the position being vacant for so long there are some issues that need attention right away that I've jumped right into already,” Beachey said in an interview Thursday. “I'm excited about it. When I saw this job it looked really interesting and it is something that appealed to me.” Beachey has spent 25 years in municipal administration as CAO, clerk and treasurer in various communities. Those occupations, Beachey said, focused a lot on the financial and clerical aspects of administration. That will aid him in his quick transition to the CAO's position, where there will also be a few more responsibilities to take on. “I have that experience with the financial and clerical side. This job will be more managerial in terms of having people report to you, but I have experience with that as well,” Beachey explained. “The big change will be differences in operating between Manitoba and Ontario (where he's spent his past 25 years).” Beachey said the municipal acts have a few differences, but for the most part they will mimic one another. As part of his responsibilities, Beachey will be attending committee meetings, council meetings as well as dealing with town matters, and he's ready to start getting to know the public. “I'm glad to be here and I'm here to serve the people,” Beachey said. “If there is an issue, I'd welcome people to give me a call...I'll be sure to help them the best that I can.” Beachey was interviewd via Skype in early August and visited Neepawa in mid-August. The CAO Hiring Committee recommended his hiring to council who, in turn, voted unanimously in favour of hiring Beachey to the position.