Mayor Kilger released the following on behalf of the City:
The City of Cornwall is beginning the process of planning for the succession of outgoing Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Paul Fitzpatrick. Mayor Bob Kilger announced in June that Mr. Fitzpatrick would be retiring following a 35 year career in public service.
“The need to plan for succession in light of retirements and an overall aging workforce is something that every corporation in Canada is facing,” said Mayor Bob Kilger. “It is important that we begin working now to ensure that we have a replacement for the CAO.”
The CAO is a critical liaison between Council and the City staff who provide the day to day services to the community.
Stephen Alexander has been appointed Acting CAO during this transition period. Mr. Alexander is currently the General Manager of Planning, Parks and Recreation. Mr. Alexander will perform the day-to-day responsibilities of the CAO position during this transitional period.
Mr. Fitzpatrick will be on management leave until his official retirement date on January 31, 2013. During this period he will also be taking unused vacation time. His management leave is part of a staged retirement process during which he will continue to be available to the Corporation and will provide assistance on transitional and other issues that may arise.
One of the key objectives of the transitional process is the recruitment of a new CAO. A report will be on the August 13th Council agenda seeking Council’s approval to begin the recruitment effort. .
Many inside and outside of City Hall have grave concerns about Mr. Fitzpatrick being a part of this process; at least until the secret internal investigation is over. A new front running name to replace him has surfaced; Ms Debora Daigle, the city’s Manager for Housing and Social Services rumored to be the favorite of Mayor Kilger.
What do you think Cornwallites? Should the CAO have anything to do with the hiring of his replacement or even more importantly that of the new City Clerk? Other rumblings are that assistant clerk, Manon Poirier may be passed over to replace the Kilger loving Denise Labelle Gelinas.
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