Perth County seeks new fa­cil­i­ties su­per­vi­sor

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - GALEN SIM­MONS STAFF RE­PORTER

Fol­low­ing the spring re­tire­ment of Sandy McLean, Perth County’s fa­cil­i­ties su­per­vi­sor, and an in­ter­nal re­view of that de­part­ment’s staffing plan, county coun­cil­lors voted Thurs­day to be­gin the re­cruit­ment process for a re­place­ment.

With the po­si­tion va­cant af­ter McLean re­tired, former fa­cil­i­ties su­per­vi­sor Brian Pri­estap stepped back into his role and worked with a sum­mer stu­dent to help with much of the work that needed to be com­plete be­fore the end of Au­gust.

In the mean­time, man­age­ment de­ter­mined that, re­gard­less of whether the county hires ad­di­tional in­ter­nal staff or out­sources op­er­a­tions within its fa­cil­i­ties, a full-time su­per­vi­sor is re­quired to di­rect op­er­a­tions and man­age con­tracts, although an anal­y­sis is still un­der­way re­gard­ing the long-term staffing plan within the de­part­ment,

“We would like to ini­ti­ate re­cruit­ment for a full-time su­per­vi­sor im­me­di­ately, with the hopes of hav­ing a two- or three-month over­lap with our cur­rent staff just to en­sure our crit­i­cal knowl­edge trans­fer with re­gard to our build­ings and to make sure that the new full-time in­cum­bent is set up for suc­cess,” said John McClel­land, the county’s di­rec­tor of public works.

Although the po­si­tion’s de­scrip­tion is still un­der re­view by the county’s job eval­u­a­tion con­sul­tant, the fa­cil­i­ties su­per­vi­sor would be re­spon­si­ble for the over­sight of all main­te­nance, op­er­a­tions, ren­o­va­tion and con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at all fa­cil­i­ties, build­ing sys­tems and grounds owned by Perth County. The po­si­tion’s port­fo­lio of 13 fa­cil­i­ties in­cludes a range of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trol sys­tems, se­cu­rity con­trols, 24-hour op­er­a­tions and con­tract man­age­ment.

“In the po­si­tion man­date, it talks about this per­son over­see­ing ev­ery­thing. To me, if I was to over­see some­thing, it doesn’t mean I’m going to do it; it means I’m just going to make sure it’s done prop­erly,” said Coun. Rhonda Eh­goetz.

“I’m just won­der­ing if the word­ing needs to be changed a lit­tle bit be­cause we’ve had this prob­lem be­fore where some­one would over­see some­thing but not ac­tu­ally do any­thing.”

County CAO Re­nato Pul­lia agreed with Eh­goetz’s sug­ges­tion, un­der­scor­ing the po­si­tion is in­tended to be a hy­brid.

“We need some­one that can man­age the con­tracts, as­sist with the busi­ness plan­ning … but also be a handy per­son as well and get into the trenches when they need to. So we have to have some lan­guage to make sure that’s clear,” Pul­lia said.

Those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the fa­cil­i­ties su­per­vi­sor po­si­tion are re­quired to have a diploma in engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy, fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment or the equiv­a­lent post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in spe­cial­ized trade cour­ses in a re­lated field, and a min­i­mum of five years of pro­gres­sively re­spon­si­ble work ex­pe­ri­ence in op­er­a­tions, ren­o­va­tion and project man­age­ment of multi-site fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing ex­pe­ri­ence man­ag­ing fa­cil­i­ties in a su­per­vi­sory ca­pac­ity.

Af­ter fac­tor­ing in a two-week job post­ing pe­riod, one week for in­ter­views, and a two- to three­week no­tice pe­riod for the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant, McClel­land said the su­per­vi­sor start date would ide­ally be some time in the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber.

Once the job post­ing is of­fi­cially an­nounced, those who are in­ter­ested can find more in­for­ma­tion on Perth County’s em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties web­page at www.perth­county.ca/en/county-govern­ment/em­ploy­ment-op­por­tu­ni­ties.aspx.

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