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Former Gravenhurst CAO new Town Clerk

Posted February 13, 2014

The Deputy Clerk of the Town of Aurora was appointed New Tecumseth's Clerk and Director of Administration at a special meeting of council last night.

Cindy Maher, whose last day in Aurora will be Feb. 28, takes over the post in New Tecumseth, including Director of Administration, on March 4.

Ms. Maher's departure comes on the heels of her elevation to Clerk following a departmental restructuring in Aurora's municipal office that saw John Leach ousted from the office. Her appointment was to take effect Jan. 27.

Instead she takes over a position left vacant by the retirement of Cheryl McCarroll who joined New Tecumseth in June 2011. The position pays approximately $120,000 per year plus benefits. Duties include: "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."

Prior to joining Aurora, Ms. Maher was the CAO of Gravenhurst for 11 years, but was terminated "without cause" in April 2011. The fall out from that included Gravenhurst having to issue a public apology that was published in the local paper, and reached a confidential settlement because the timing "may have left the impression that her employment ... was connected with alleged kickbacks referred to in the various articles" that were published in "various publications on April 26 and 27, 2011. The Town of Gravenhurst wishes to make it absolutely clear that Ms Maher's termination had nothing to do with any alleged kickbacks and was a without cause termination," According to a Feb. 1, 2012 article published by the Huntsville Forester.

New Tecumseth has had its own recent history with the Clerk's office, including having to pay more than $150,000, plus the termination pay requirements, in a confidential deal to settle out of court in a wrongful dismissal action following the firing of Gayla McDonald, which coincidentally happened about one month before Ms. Maher's ordeal in Gravenhurst.

The next vacancy to fill in New Tecumseth is Director of Planning to replace Eric Chandler who announced his retirement last month.

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