Char­lot­te­town has job open­ing

Cap­i­tal city goes look­ing for a per­ma­nent chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - THE GUARDIAN dstew­art@the­ Twit­­wart

The City of Char­lot­te­town is look­ing for a new top ad­min­is­tra­tive boss.

The city has en­gaged the ser­vices of Is­land Re­cruit­ing to find a per­ma­nent chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer (CAO).

Roy Main had held the job for nine years be­fore he abruptly re­tired in Novem­ber. Donna Wad­dell, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices, stepped in to fill the hole, putting her own re­tire­ment plans on hold. She has agreed to stay un­til the end of April, pend­ing the avail­abil­ity of who­ever is hired in the mean­time.

Mayor Clifford Lee said Is­land Re­cruit­ing was se­lected to han­dle the process since it would be a con­flict of in­ter­est for the city’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment to hire the per­son they will even­tu­ally an­swer to.

“We’re look­ing for some­one who un­der­stands and ap­pre­ci­ates the im­por­tance of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, some­one who has had ex­pe­ri­ence in key lead­er­ship roles, not nec­es­sar­ily only in govern­ment,’’ Lee said Wed­nes­day.

“This po­si­tion doesn’t need to be filled by a bu­reau­crat but it may, in fact, end up be­ing some­one in govern­ment.’’

The ini­tial hir­ing com­mit­tee will con­sist of Lee, Coun. Melissa Hil­ton, chair of the fi­nance com­mit­tee, Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy and Coun. Terry MacLeod, chair of the hu­man re­source com­mit­tee. They’ll likely cre­ate a short­list from a list of ap­pli­cants pro­vided by Is­land Re­cruit­ing.

The se­cond round of in­ter­views will likely in­volve city coun­cil. Re­port­ing to coun­cil is one of the CAO’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Lee said the CAO is a key li­ai­son be­tween coun­cil and all city de­part­ments.

The city hopes to de­cide on the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant by the end of March, but Lee wouldn’t at­tach a date as to when the new CAO would be in place.

“It would de­pend on that per­son’s im­me­di­ate avail­abil­ity. If this per­son is em­ployed else­where lo­cally they may need a few weeks time to give to their cur­rent em­ployer to make the tran­si­tion.’’

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