Search for new CAO

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - O.R. Sheddy Mail Ed­i­tor

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

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