Search for new CAO should stay lo­cal

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

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

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