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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Meaford Council in No Hurry to Find Permanent CAO

Meaford | by Ken Hashizume  

The Municipality has been without a CAO since Denyse Morrissey left in January.

There seems to be no rush to fill the Chief Administrative Officer role in Meaford.

The Committee of the Whole on Monday decided to hold off finding a permanent CAO until the end of February.

Clerk and Director of Legislative Services Matt Smith says Council wanted to first go over their strategic priorities exercise in determining what their long-term goals are.

He says this way when Council is ready to select a new CAO, they have laid out a set of goals that the successful candidate will be working towards.

Meaford has been without a CAO since Denyse Morrissey left to become CAO at the Town of Shelburne last January.

Director of Development and Environmental Services Robert Armstrong as been taking on CAO duties on an interim basis.

Smith says a number of staff have also taken on addition responsibilities during that time.

He says Armstrong's interim role as CAO is set expire at the end of February but will likely be extended until Council is ready to make a decision.

Smith says he is proud that staff have been able to carry on with their jobs over the last 10 months.

She says staff will continue to work hard to make sure that the Municipality is meeting their targets and goals, and maintaining service levels.

Whoever becomes the new CAO, he or she will be the third one the Municipality has hired since 2011.


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