August 1, 2018 - Brighton Announces Departure of CAO

The Municipality of Brighton announced that Bill Watson is no longer Chief Administrative Officer.  Gary King has been hired as interim CAO starting August 7, 2018. Gary has 35 years of municipal experience in land use planning and senior management positions.  Most recently he held the position of CAO with the County of Peterborough.  Brighton has now begun the search for a new CAO.

February 13, 2018 -  Rick Craddick Appointed to Fire Chief Position

The Deputy Fire Chief in Brighton has been promoted to the top position in the fire department.  The municipality began a province-wide search for a replacement after Chief Lloyd Hutchinson announced in early January that he was retiring.  Rick Caddick has been named to succeed him and will take over his new responsibiities on March 1, 2018 one day after Hutchinson's last official day on the job. Brighton CAO Bill Watson says Caddick has proven to be an effective team member, taking responsibility for updating equipment and training over the last few years, and municipal officials are looking forward to his leadership of the fire department.

February 15, 2017 - Several Staff Changes Made

This information is from a news article by Sarah Hyatt of the Brighton Independent

As of March 6, the municipality will officially have a manager of public works and the environment.  CAO Bill Watson made the announcement on Feb. 14 that Richard Sparham will fulfil the role for Brighton.  Sparham is bringing to Brighton, more than 18 years of municipal public works experience, having held positions and worked in the Peel Region, the Town of Oakville and the Region of Niagara. Most recently, Sparham held the position of project officer for the City of Iqaluit, where he developed their municipal drainage master plan and was also responsible for their wastewater treatment plant upgrade and expansion, among other responsibilities, reports Watson.  The CAO reports the new manager also has a strong background in transportation systems, combined with an honours diploma in transportation engineering technology and experience leading environmental projects, which will surely “be an asset as the municipality moves forward.”  The manager of public works and the environment will be responsible for the administration and management of the water, wastewater and roads infrastructure divisions. He reports to the CAO. Sparham’s background with stormwater and wastewater will without a doubt benefit the municipality, said Walas.

Stephen Ashton, Brighton’s new manager of planning, building and community development also assumed his responsibilities with the municipality as of Jan. 16.  Ashton attended his first planning meeting and was officially welcomed by council and the public, on Monday, Feb. 13.  In terms of economic and community development, Walas is eager for Ashton to lend a hand to the municipality and concerning new development that may be coming.

Lucas Kelly, the municipality’s previous public works projects supervisor, with the addition of a public works manager, has shifted over to fulfil the role of manager for capital infrastructure.

May 26, 2016 - Bill Watson Hired as Brighton CAO

A 20-year veteran of municipal public works and utility experience in Peterborough, Whitby and most recently Cobourg has been hired as the new Chief Administrative Officer in Brighton.

Bill Watson is a member in the Professional Engineers Association of Ontario and has led a variety of projects and initiatives that have given him a broad understanding of municipal and construction law as well as the Municipal Act and other governing legislation.

Mayor Mark Walas said council looks forward to Watson bringing his skills to Brighton.

“As well as strong technical skills, Bill brings considerable administration and police experience to the job,” Walas said.

Watson, who starts June 14, said he looks forward to helping the mayor and council “continue with forward progress, taking advantage of all the Brighton has to offer.”

Watson takes over the job formerly held by Gayle Frost, who reached an agreement with council last November to leave the post.

Walas said Brighton's Director of Finance, Linda Widdifield, who has been the acting CAO, will now be able to return to her position on a regular basis