Perth County seeks new facilities supervisor
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.