Search for new CAO
The Town of Drumheller has begun its search for a new Chief Adminstrative Officer (CAO).
The wheels began to turn last fall when council approved a fixed contract between the Town of Drumheller and current CAO Ray Romanetz. Mayor Terry Yemen tells The Mail, the search has begun.
He explains that council has already sent out a request for proposals from recruitment firms and as soon as next week, town council will be selecting a firm to assist in the search.
“They will do a call out, and they have a stable of potential people and then will rate them with criteria established between the recruiters and the Town of Drumheller, and from there we will establish a long list,” he said. “With the coordination and consultation with the Town of Drumheller, it will be put down to a short list.”
He said the range of cost to the town for employment recruitment is between $15,000 and $30,000. As the responsibility of hiring a CAO is Town Council’s, they will conduct the interviews.
Romanetz has been with the Town of Drumheller for many years, with the bulk of his service as CAO. In 2009, he received the AUMA’s distinguished service award. Mayor Yemen is grateful for his service.
“I have nothing but admiration for the man, the Town of Drumheller is very fortunate to have a man with his professionalism and his abilities and for all the years he has been here in Drumheller,” said Yemen. “(the next CAO) has very large shoes to fill.”
He adds that Romanetz’s extensive knowledge of the Town of Drumheller itself will be impossible to replace.
He expects that a new CAO will be in place before the 2017 municipal election coming this October.
Mr. Romanetz has been with the town for over 35 years.
Ray Romanetz… Drumheller CAO