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Thursday, February 17, 2011

CAO Leaves Georgian Bluffs

Georgian Bluffs | by Jonathon Jackson  

Bill White has resigned as CAO of Georgian Bluffs to work in Minto Township.

The top administrator in Georgian Bluffs is leaving the municipality.

Chief Administrative Officer Bill White has resigned from the post he has held for nearly four years.

His resignation was accepted on Wednesday night by Council and he will take on the same role in Minto, in Wellington County.

White's departure is effective in early April. His appointment in Minto has already been announced and he'll move directly from one job to the other.

White came to Georgian Bluffs as CAO in May 2007 after more than 20 years with the city of Owen Sound as a planner and later as Director of Community Services.

He was the first CAO of the amalgamated municipality, which up until then had a clerk-administrator as its top staff position.

Mayor Alan Barfoot says White has been a key player in moving the township forward during his almost four years at the helm..

A news release issued by Minto says White's highlights in Georgian Bluffs include working with staff and council on the municipality's first strategic plan and helping to keep its taxes among the lowest in Grey County.

The mayor also says White's desire to leave came as a surprise to council, but the township thanks him for his service and wishes him well.

White did not attend Wednesday's meeting due to another commitment.

Council also decided to begin advertising right away for White's replacement.

No thought has been given to eliminating the position and dividing the responsibilities among other staff members, as happened earlier this week in Arran-Elderslie.

That said, Barfoot says current staff members who apply for White's job will be given due consideration.


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