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Town council to be directly involved in hiring process for new CAO
Lord Mayor Betty Disero chairs Monday's council meeting. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now))

Niagara-on-the-Lake council is moving forward with finding a new chief administrative officer.

At the council meeting Sept. 23, councillors directed town staff to start the process of recruiting a new CAO and engage a recruitment firm to help with the process.

Former CAO Holly Dowd, who was with the town for 37 years, retired in August.

Coun. Clare Cameron asked for a recruitment firm to have a meeting with council members to review the existing CAO job description, and that council be engaged in the recruitment process.

“I’m not interested in getting the cheapest option here,” Cameron told councillors.

“I’m interested in getting the best option,” she said about the recruitment process.

Interim CAO Sheldon Randall said town staff will consult with three or four firms with experience in recruiting CAOs for municipalities, and town will use a two-envelope system when choosing which firm to use. In a two-envelope bid system, a financial proposal is submitted in a separate envelope to ensure fairness during the process.

Coun. Gary Burroughs said he’s pleased council is moving ahead with the process.

“I think we need to understand fully what it is we’re looking for in this new person. I’m very supportive of the process moving along,” he said.

Cameron's motion was approved and town staff is now expected to come back to council with a recommendation report.

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