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Kevin McCarville step­ping down as Corn­wall’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - dave.ste­wart@the­ BY DAVE STE­WART

After 18 years as Corn­wall’s top un­elected of­fi­cial, Kevin McCarville is about to stop sup­ply­ing coun­cil with ad­vice and pol­icy guid­ance.

McCarville is re­tir­ing as the town’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer (CAO). His last day in of­fice will be Aug. 17.

“Do some run­ning, play some ten­nis, do some trav­el­ling,’’ McCarville said when asked what his im­me­di­ate plans are.

After that, McCarville has “a cou­ple of things in the works, but I haven’t signed any­thing yet. I an­tic­i­pate work­ing less than full time.’’

Prior to tak­ing the role of CAO in Corn­wall, McCarville spent four years as a hu­man re­source of­fi­cer with the City of Char­lot­te­town, seven years as ad­min­is­tra­tor with the former mu­nic­i­pal­ity of West Roy­alty, a year in St. Eleanor’s and five years in Kinkora.

“I was quite con­tent at the mu­nic­i­pal level. I just found it an en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment and a good place to work, es­pe­cially at the ad­min­is­tra­tive level. There is al­ways an op­por­tu­nity to help peo­ple and get things done.’’

Over the past 18 years, McCarville has watched the Town of Corn­wall grow as its prop­erty as­sess­ment has tripled and its pop­u­la­tion has in­creased by about 25 per cent.

There has also been a lot in­fra­struc­ture work take place — a re­built Civic Cen­tre, a new town hall, a new main­te­nance build­ing, a new wa­ter reser­voir, the Terry Fox Com­plex and Com­mu­ni­ties 13 Inc. part­nered to cre­ate the APM Cen­tre.

He said a lot of credit has to go to dif­fer­ent fed­eral and pro­vin­cial pro­grams for mak­ing much of the work pos­si­ble.

“I think the town did a very good job spread­ing things around and ad­dress­ing things on a sys­tem­atic ba­sis.’’

There were some stress­ful times, too, such as the boil wa­ter or­der in the fall of 2000 and the heavy rain­fall from a bad storm in Septem­ber 2008 wash­ing out a por­tion of the

Trans-Canada High­way that runs through the town.

“I think it was on a Sun­day evening. I had two calls about a lot of wa­ter. I drove out and, sure enough, we could hear the earth fall­ing in un­der­neath us.’’

The job also came with some nice mo­ments, such as a visit from Rol­lie and Betty Fox, par­ents of Terry Fox, to open the com­plex named in Terry’s hon­our.

McCarville also lists ef­forts Mark and Dianne McQuaid made to in­volve every­one in the town when their son, Adam, won the Stan­ley Cup and hosted the pa­rade in Corn­wall.

“The things the McQuaids do to in­volve as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble was top shelf, it re­ally was.’’

His big­gest sur­prise is see­ing the Corn­wall by­pass high­way ac­tu­ally get off the ground this year.

“There are many days I didn’t think I’d ever see it.’’

In the end, McCarville says he was lucky to work with good may­ors and good coun­cils from be­gin­ning to end.

When it came to pro­vid­ing coun­cil with sound ad­vice, he re­mem­bers some ad­vice he got him­self from former Char­lot­te­town CAO Harry Gaudet.

“He once told me ‘Just solve the prob­lems, that’s the job, just solve the prob­lem’. That al­ways stuck with me.’’


Kevin McCarville will be 60 years old in a few months and fig­ures now is a good time to step aside as chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer with the Town of Corn­wall. “If I want to do some­thing else, do it when you’re young enough that you’re men­tally and phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble of do­ing these things,’’ he said.

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