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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Interim Removed From CAO

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Collingwood Council decides to keep John Brown as CAO, offered two year deal.

Collingwood council has extended the top bureaucrat's time with the town.

John Brown was hired in July as the interim CAO and at Monday's meeting, council unanimously voted to give him a two year contract to stay in the position.

Asked if he thinks the way council communicates needs work in light of decisions made before council even discussed the covered arena and pool, Brown says there are 20 thousand stakeholders in this municipality and town representatives should all be challenging themselves to see how they can best communicate.

He says he thinks its a good move that council has put in the budget money to hire a communications officer.

That position has a salary of around 70 thousand dollars.

As for the 26 thousand dollars that council approved for a search consultant to hire a permanent Chief Administrative Officer, John Brown says that money may be saved for two years and used then to find a replacement for him.

He says the search firm was just involved in an initial discussion and did not carry out the search so only a small part of the money set aside would have been used.

Brown says  he's looking forward to bringing some ideas to Collingwood, over the next two years, that have been used in other municipalities like perhaps refinements to the town's management process.


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