Search for new CAO should stay local
Let’s take advantage of Cape Breton talents, which are not lacking, as so well expressed in Lynn Pollock’s letter (‘Success of Cape Bretoners nice to see,’ Cape Breton Post, April 24).
In my opinion, one experience looking outside for a CAO for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is more than enough and I don’t want my tax money used to look outside again to pick a new CAO.
As for the ex-CAO, Michael Merritt’s sudden departure is leaving everyone in CBRM struggling to take over at a time when there are big projects on the way. These ambitious projects were possible thanks to the tremendous work of dedicated and competent people such as Mary Walsh, and others who have gone now. It also should be mentioned that some of Walsh’s time and that of others had to be spent initiating Merritt who served us for a relatively brief time.
It’s time to recognize the value of those who have proved their reliability, loyalty and dedication, their inside-out knowledge of our circumstances as well as their will to serve. By selecting an insider, there would be no time wasted in searching and then initiating a new person, no money spent frivolously, no disappointment down the road, no let down. There are pressing matters, and no time to waste. Projects were well on the way before Merritt’s arrival and there is no reason why they couldn’t proceed without him or another “imported” person.
As to the jarring use of “head hunting,” the new fashionable name for the search process, it would be more appropriate to drop it from our jargon. I personally find the expression pejorative and offensive.
Christiane Tanner Westmount