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Posted on November 20, 2020

The Department of Institutions and Territory (DIT) announces the engagement of Laurent Curchod as state delegate for municipal mergers. A fine connoisseur of Vaud institutions, the future head of cantonal support for bringing together local public authorities will begin his activity on February 1. Laurent Curchod will take on a role he knows very well, having already occupied the State of Vaud, from 2009 to 2015, as the project manager for municipal mergers. Its commitment is in line with the Council of State’s strategy for promoting and monitoring mergers, one of the priority areas of its 2017-2022 legislative program.

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Attached to the DIT, the General Directorate of Institutional Affairs and Municipalities (DGAIC) has just filled the post of cantonal delegate for municipal mergers by entrusting it to Laurent Curchod, who will assume his new functions from February 2020. Aged 55 and holder With a master’s degree in law, Laurent Curchod began his career within the Vaudoise Federation of Entrepreneurs (FVE) as employer secretary and lawyer. The ten years spent in this position have enabled him to develop an excellent vision of cantonal economic policy. He then joined the Association de la Région du Gros-de-Vaud as secretary general, before joining the State in 2009 to take on the responsibility of project manager for municipal mergers, as well as that, from 2013 , housing representative.

New legal framework

Laurent Curchod chose to leave the cantonal administration at the end of 2015 to take up new challenges which led him, in particular, to the post of municipal secretary of the municipalities of Chexbres and Rivaz and to successfully pilot the merger project of the municipalities of Blonay and Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, a merger accepted at the polls on September 27. Following his departure, the vacant post in the state was not filled. From 2016, the Canton’s support for merger projects was assumed by the prefects and prefects, as well as by the former Municipalities and Housing Service.

However, the Council of State has set as an objective in its 2017-2022 legislative program to encourage the Vaud municipalities to merge in order to make them strong entities, able to accomplish the many missions entrusted to them and to offer the services that the population expects from them. This action resulted in a modification of the law on the merger of municipalities (LFusCom). The new legal framework, which entered into force on July 1, 2019, thus stipulates that municipalities engaged in a merger process can benefit from the support of the State delegate for mergers (art. 24 c). It was in this context that the post that Laurent Curchod will occupy was opened.

Support and facilitate

Among several excellent candidates, the selection committee, chaired by the Director General of the DGAIC, Me Jean-Luc Schwaar, retained that of Mr. Curchod because of his very detailed knowledge of the institutional fabric of Vaud, his experience in municipal mergers, as well as his interpersonal skills and his skills as a facilitator with the municipalities. Laurent Curchod will occupy a full-time position and will have the tasks of developing a strategy for promoting mergers, creating communication tools and providing on-the-ground support and accompaniment to municipalities engaging in such a process. Christelle Luisier Brodard, State Councilor in charge (DIT) is delighted with this appointment and sends Mr. Curchod her best wishes for success in his new role.

State of Vaud Information and Communication Office

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DIT, Christelle Luisier Brodard, State Councilor,021 316 45 14
DIT, Jean-Luc Schwaar, Director General, Directorate General for Institutional Affairs and Municipalities,021 316 45 63
Laurent Curchod, designated delegate for municipal mergers,079 629 30 73

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