From: Gritt Koehl
Sent: October 13, 2020 10:59 AM
To: Gail Latchford
Cc: Alnwick Haldimand Residents; Sherry Gibson; Mike Filip; Greg Booth; James Hogg; Troy Gilmour; Alexandra Smith
Subject: Request to Council re CAO Position

October 13, 2020

Mayor Latchford and Council.

In response to your reply:

  • The request to Council did not speak to any employee acting in the position of CAO and should not be interpreted in a personal context.
  • Council is encouraged to use the HR Expertise through the HR Contract that AH has with Northumberland County.
  • Council discussion around a job advertisement for a CAO is not a confidential human resources matter.
  • The Alnwick Haldimand Residents submission should have been allowed on the October 15, 2020 Agenda.

Public Works Manager Troy Gilmour heads up the largest department in the Township, representing over 30% of the budget at $3,820,000. Public Works and Roads Department is a major responsibility requiring a full-time manager.

When Council appointed the PW Manager as Acting CAO, it was presumed that the appointment is for a short term period (up to 6 months), while Council undertook the recruitment & hiring process for a qualified CAO. What is concerning to taxpayers is the lack of commitment by Council to commence this process.

Recruiting and hiring a professional CAO has never been more important. Alnwick Haldimand Township is facing many challenges. The 2021 Budget Process is underway. Competing priorities for precious tax dollars are looming large.

In a letter dated March 28, 2020 Mayor Latchford states that public consultations will be held regarding the future of the arena. Link to letter

Quote from letter:

“In the coming months, we will arrange public consultations to get further feedback on how best to move forward….We encourage everyone to keep watch for the formal consultation on this issue and contribute your feedback when the time comes. This will help Council to make the most informed decision in the best interests of our community.”

Over six months has passed and Council has made no progress on that promise. Budget meetings with Council are scheduled to be held this month, and no virtual public consultations have been held regarding the future of the arena, or any aspects of the operations in the township.

For the township to continue Status Quo is not sustainable. Valuable tax dollars are being wasted, even more so during the pandemic – tax dollars which would be better used in the recovery phase. 

The CAO, working with Council, will be crucial in plotting the direction for the Township, and providing vital leadership and guidance to Staff in preparing comprehensive reports to assist Council in making the best possible decisions for the future success of the Township of Alnwick Haldimand.

Respectfully,

Gritt Koehl

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From: Bill Ferguson  
Sent: October 10, 2020 10:58 PM
To: Gail Latchford
Cc: Alnwick Haldimand Residents; Sherry Gibson; Mike Filip; Greg Booth; James Hogg; Troy Gilmour; Alexandra Smith;
Subject: Re: Request to Council re CAO Position

Good day Mayor Latchford and Council,

Thank you for your reply indicating the position of CAO has been filled. As I don’t recall seeing a posting for this position I am not sure how the position could be filled. I presume your reference is to the fact that you have temporarily assigned Troy Gilmour to the position as acting CAO. This is quite different than your response indicated. 

I would hope that the position would be filled permanently by a person who is fully qualified as indicated by the OMHRA Document you will find attached below. This document outlines all the qualifications and the job description that most municipalities in Ontario follow to assure the public that they are hiring the best person for the position.

As it has been two months since the position of CAO has been vacant I am wondering when you would be posting the position. According to the timelines you have established, a new CAO should be in position to be a part of the budgetary process as this is one of the more important issues a CAO would be dealing with during the year. Is there a specific timeline you have in mind for filling this position? 

One must believe that Council has the best interests of the citizens of Alnwick/Haldimand at heart when they make their decisions. After all it is the reason they were elected to the positions they hold.

Thank you for the work you do daily to make this Township a fine place to reside.

Yours truly

Bill Ferguson

B.A., B Ed
Author, Musician
Brighton Children's Centre Board of Directors, President
Men's Shed Board of Directors, Centreton Branch
Retired Educator

Education is more than school.

On Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 12:05 PM Gail Latchford <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:

Alnwick Haldimand Residents 

Thank You for your email October 7, 2020 regarding the CAO position.  At this time, Council has the position filled with Acting CAO, Troy Gilmour. 

Your email will not be on the Regular Council Agenda of October 15, 2020 as Council cannot discuss Personnel and Human Resources issues in open Council.     

Regards 

Gail Latchford, Mayor

Alnwick Haldimand Township
PO Box 70 10836 County Road 2
Grafton, ON K0K 2G0
Office 905-349-2822
Cell 905-269-2000