Wanted: 1 CAO for C-K

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By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The hunt is on for a new Chief Administrative Officer for Chatham-Kent.

At a municipal media scrum last week, current CAO Don Shropshire said the process to find his replacement has begun in earnest.

Shropshire said he hopes to “pass the baton” by the end of 2021.

The long-time administrator announced his retirement to council and staff in the spring. He said he’s hopeful a list of potential candidates will be presented to council by the end of October.

The CAO’s position is the only staff position that council is directly responsible for hiring. It is open to external and internal candidates.

Mayor Darrin Canniff has high praise for Shropshire.

“The individual we hire will have very big shoes to fill,” he said.

Waterhouse Executive Search has been contracted to assist with filling the CAO position.

 

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