Meaford Council is a step closer to appointing a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
After some debate and a passionate stance from Councilor Tony Bell, council made the decision at its meeting earlier this week to chose an internal candidate for this position. That candidate, according to Deputy Mayor Shirley Keaveney, will most likely be acting CAO Rob Armstrong.
The municipality has been without a full time CAO since January of 2018. At that time council appointed Armstrong, then Director of Development and Environmental Services, as the acting CAO. Many such as Deputy Mayor Keaveney feel that Armstrong is the man for the job.
"I look forward to working with Mr.Armstrong, he has been with the municipality 10 years and is a wealth of knowledge." Keaveney states.
Councilor Bell did vote in favour of hiring an internal candidate as CAO, but outlined many reasons to avoid having a CAO at all.
He says the size of the municipality, funding for a full time position, and rate payer desires don't warrant the filling of such a position.
He did add though of all of the four options council considered, the chosen option makes him the most comfortable.
The next step is for council to interview the candidate for the position.