City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan


Jim Puffalt

City Manager - Jim Puffalt

Jim Puffalt began as City Manager of North Battleford in February of 2014. His interests include the areas of governmental, municipal and inter-municipal team and relationship building, effective, efficient and customer service based government, strategic planning, public and employee engagement, Community Safety,  openness and accountability.

Jim has a lengthy career in Municipal Government, including stops as Municipal Administrator/City Manager in Elrose, Wilkie, Estevan, Saskatchewan, as well as Dauphin, Manitoba.  Jim holds a MBA – Foundation from the University of Canada West, Local Government Leadership Coaching from the University of Royal Roads, an Advanced Municipal Management from the University of Manitoba and a Diploma of Applied Arts – Business Administration from SIAST as well as three levels of Saskatchewan Municipal Certificates of Qualification and was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

 Amarjit Mahil

Director of FinanceAmarjit Mahil 

Amarjit began his work with North Battleford in 2015. He moved here in 2014 and worked previously as Finance Controller for the North West Regional College. He has earned a Masters of Commerce from Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla, India. As Director of Finance Amarjit is responsible for all financial activities such as budgeting, internal financial controls and reporting financial activities to government authorities.



 Dan Loewen

Director of Infrastructure Services - Dan Loewen

Dan began at North Battleford in 2015. His responsibilities include overseeing the maintenance on City owned roads, streets, sidewalks, parks, green spaces, equipment, repairs, cemetery and forestry.

Dan is a Licensed Interprovincial Heavy Equipment Technician and a Certified Safety Instructor. Previously, Dan developed a decade of experience managing oil field companies as well as his own business. Away from work, Dan is passionate about Rodeo and remains involved in the scene along with his family.


Debbie Wohlberg

Director of Legislative Services - Debbie Wohlberg

Debbie Wohlberg began with the City in March 2003. Duties of the City Clerk are prescribed in legislation focusing mainly on Council in respect to meetings, agendas, minutes legislation and public notice. Other responsibilities include bylaws, land transfer requests, corporate records management, agreements, tenders/RFPs, Central Reception and the Historic Archives. The City Clerk also acts as the Returning Officer for general municipal elections.

Debbie’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan and the Local Government Administration certificate from the University of Regina. Debbie brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of rural and urban administration. 

Her personal interests include keeping active with golfing and volleyball, doing yard work and growing flowers, as well as volunteering and supporting various organizations and groups in the community.  She attends regular blood donor clinics as well as maintains a valid CPR/First Aid Certificate. 


Bill Samborski

Director of Leisure Services  - Bill Samborski

Bill began at North Battleford in 1992. Bill works alongside an innovative and creative team that is dedicated to an enhanced quality of life to the community through leisure opportunities. Originally from Melville, Saskatchewan, Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in the recreation field, 25 of which is with North Battleford. In his spare time, Bill is an avid motorcyclist and fisherman.


Jennifer Niesink

Director of Planning and Development - Jennifer Niesink

Jennifer moved to North Battleford in 2009 from Southern Ontario. She began working with the City in 2013. As Director of Planning and Development she is responsible for planning, economic development, communications, building and licencing, and engineering. Jennifer is passionate about growing our community and developing the downtown core of North Battleford.



Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief - Trevor Brice

Trevor Brice began at North Battleford Fire Department in March of 2016. Trevor comes with 35 years of experience in fire and protective services. His experience includes time as Deputy Chief in Regina, Chief Fire Administrator for the Province of Alberta and multiple positions with fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom.

Trevor also holds two Masters Degrees, one in Arts & Leadership from Royal Roads College and an MBA from Henly Management College. He has also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Millennium Medal, 20 Year Meritorious Service Medal along with numerous designations and certifications in the fire and safety field.

Also, Trevor was a long-time rugby player and now referees the game. He loves the outdoors and spending time with his family.

 Stewart Schafer

Director of Utility ServicesStewart Schafer

Stewart began working for the City of North Battleford in 2013. Stewart was born in North Battleford but raised in Calgary. He returned to the City in 1987. Stewart is a Graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to working for the City of North Battleford, Stewart worked as an Engineer for the City of Saskatoon and The Battlefords Tribal Council. Outside of work Stewart enjoys hiking and sailing.