In Wake of 2016 CAO Hiring Debacle, Niagara’s Regional Council Working to Make CAO Recruitment Process “Open, Transparent, Fair and Equitable”

Niagara Regional Council makes progress on CAO recruitment

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted April 30th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region’s headquarters

Niagara, Ontario – 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 <https://www.lesp.ca/>, 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.

This past Thursday, April 29th, 2021, Council approved a position profile <https://pub-niagararegion.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=16038>, job advertisement and core competencies for the CAO position.

Niagara Regional Council working to avoid the “insider” conduct that led to controversial the 2016 hiring of an individual like this – then chief admiinistrative officer Carmen D’Angelo. D’Angelo was hired with the blessing of then-Niagara regional chair Al Caslin

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 therecruitment process is open and transparent, fair and equitable.

For a 2019 Ontario Ombudsman’s Report, called “Inside Job,” on the controversial 2016 hiring of then chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo at Niagara Region, click on https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/resources/news/press-releases/2019/ombudsman-finds-niagara-cao-hiring-was-inside-job .

To read a story about the controversial hiring of CAO Carmen D’Angelo, posed in Niagara At Large in 2019, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/11/29/ontario-ombudsman-confirms-that-process-used-to-hire-niagara-regions-former-cao-was-compromised-unjust-and-wrong/

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