Town starts process to find new Clerk, key post as 2014
New Tecumseth is advertising for a Clerk/Director of Administration to
replace Cheryl McCarroll, who reportedly announced her retirement for
"health reasons" in a note to council on Monday.
Ms. McCarroll joined the Town in June 2011 following her service as
Clerk of Minden Hills. She replaced Gayla McDonald whose termination
sparked a legal action against the Town and mayor Mike MacEachern who
was named as a separate defendant. It eventually settled out of court.
The Clerk's office is one of the key nerve centres in municipal
government, as laid out in the Tow's recruitment ad:
"Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer you will head the
department to manage its functions: administration and financial
requirements; execution of the statutory duties of Municipal Clerk
including Council secretariat and records management functions; acting
as "Head" under FOI legislation, and as Returning Officer for municipal
elections; coordinating property acquisition and disposal; overseeing
municipal law enforcement, licensing and vital statistics; providing
related public and interdepartmental/government liaison.
Responsibilities include: Staff supervision and development; policy and
standards recommendation, departmental budget preparation and
administration; report preparation and attendance at Council/Committee
meetings; executing corporate agreements, by-laws and land transfers as
signatory with the Mayor; and contributing to corporate
goals/decision-making as a member of the senior management team."
The Town is accepting resumes until 4:30 pm, Fri., Jan. 17, 2014.
The 2013 Sunshine List for 2012, showed the position paid an annual
salary of $104,397. The 2013 and pending 2014 budget included salary
increases that would have raised the compensation package.
Because the Clerk runs municipal and school board elections, the
incoming candidate will jump right into the fray locally as October 27,
2014 is the next election date.
On Monday morning, prior to any knowledge of Ms. McCarroll's notice to
council that same day, Free Press Online asked the clerk about election
prepardness issues and their timing to council, particularly dealing
with the ballot question proposed to ask residents of Alliston, Beeton,
and Tottenham whether fluoride should be added to the entire system;
and whether alternative voting methods would be considered.
"There is a schedule of important dates on the Town's website re: 2014
Election. There is a guide for candidates and a guide for voters on the
website as well - which is new for this election," she replied via
email. "There will be a report coming forward in the New Year re:
fluoride question being placed on the ballot. There is a lease
agreement for the use of the tabulators so they will be used for
counting again in 2014. As for alternate voting methods - I have used vote by mail in the past and it works well. I have also
used telephone voting in the past and it worked well for one election
but the following time voters encountered busy signals - although the
lines were open 24/7. I have not used the internet. Stay tuned!"