All present: Mayor Maja Tait and Councillors Jeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Ebony Logins, Megan McMath, Brenda Parkinson and Tony St-Pierre.
At the November 26 Regular Council meeting, Council closed with a Rise and Report (added with the approval of the agenda):
THAT Council engage Waterhouse Executive Search Firm for $17,000 +expenses, to hire a new Chief Administrative Officer, with funding to come from the Council Contingency Fund.
The previous Council opted to save the hiring expenses and struck a three-council-member in-house hiring committee. Controversy arose when it was it was noted that the selected hire had a prior executive-level relationship with one of the Councillors (and Chair of the Hiring Committee). That hire was approved with the support of four Councillors (the three on the hiring committee, plus one), while the shortened probation period was approved by all elected officials. Eyebrows were again raised when that CAO then hired a friend and former colleague into a newly created and un-competed position that incorporated the role of the Corporate Officer and a hefty pay increase. After spending over $22,000 in expenses over a one year period, related to training and professional costs for the CAO, the controversy-riddled CAO was ultimately terminated.
This time, the hiring of a new CAO will be done by a third party, a head hunting firm. Typically, the head hunter would screen the applicants and present a shortlist of finalists to Council, and then Council makes the final decision.
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