Chatham-Kent is looking for new CAO

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Chatham-Kent is seeking a new Chief Administrative Officer.

Current CAO Don Shropshire said he’s set to retire soon, adding he announced his intentions to council and staff last April.

The municipality has retained an executive search firm to replace the CAO. Shropshire indicates interviews with potential replacement candidates are expected to take place towards the end of October.

According to Shropshire, the recruitment firm launched its search earlier this month, adding it will be internal and external.

“We’re hoping that council will be presented with a list of possible candidates so they can interview,” said Shropshire. “We should be in a position for council to make some decisions at the end of October, depending on who is hired and how much time they need to provide for their leave or working on a transition plan.”

He said he’s hopeful, by the end of the year, he will be in a position where he can “pass the baton.”

Shropshire has been with the municipality since 2009 when he was first hired as general manager of community development. He later became CAO in 2012.

According to the job posting, the CAO is responsible for the strategic leadership and delivery of the municipality’s administrative and operational services.

Those looking to explore the opportunity are encouraged to apply via email by Sept. 29th, or sooner to careers@waterhousesearch.ca quoting project CK-CAO.

The job posting closes Sept. 29th.

“The individual we hire is going to have very big shoes to fill,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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