07/12/2012 09:05 EDT | Updated 09/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Financially strapped Nova Scotia town hires new chief administrative officer

HALIFAX - A financially troubled town in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley has hired a new chief administrative officer.

The Municipal Relations Department says Rachel Turner will start work for Bridgetown on Aug. 7.

Turner is the human resources and administration director and town clerk in Wolfville.

Bridgetown's mayor and council resigned in May of last year in the face of mounting financial pressures and the RCMP launched an investigation into possible theft.

The provincial government then replaced the council with an interim three-member council that will remain in place until municipal elections in October.

The former accounts clerk for the town of about 1,000 people pleaded guilty in March to fraud over $5,000.

A forensic audit showed that $113,000 was misappropriated, though close to $34,000 was later returned.