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Regional Council makes progress on CAO recruitment

Over the past several months, Regional Council and its Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Recruitment Committee has continued to work toward selecting a permanent Chief Administrative Officer.
The Recruitment Committee has retained Legacy Executive Search Partners, an executive recruitment firm, to aid in the search for a permanent leader. Legacy Partners has a long history of successful work within Ontario’s municipal sector, and has facilitated several CAO searches throughout the province, including neighbouring communities, along with a recent placement within Niagara.  
Last night, Council approved a position profile, job advertisement and core competencies for the CAO position. Developed by the CAO Recruitment Committee in consultation with Regional Councillors and senior staff, these documents capture the essential characteristics, traits, experiences, and abilities that exemplify leadership at Niagara Region, and will guide the identification and selection of candidates.
The job advertisement will be posted shortly and once closed, a long list of candidates will be considered by the CAO Recruitment Committee, to determine a short list of candidates to be invited for an interview over the coming months.
The updated CAO hiring process incorporates numerous recommendations made by the Provincial Ombudsman that were designed to strengthen the integrity of the process. The CAO Recruitment Committee, along with all of Regional Council, is committed to ensuring the recruitment process is open and transparent, fair and equitable.

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Daryl Barnhart
Niagara Region

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