The role of Brock Township CAO/Clerk will be split following the impending retirement of Thom Gettinby.
The decision was made at Monday’s (Jan. 21) meeting of the administration committee as members of council discussed a report on succession planning for the position.
“We’re the only municipality in Durham that splits the role,” said Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden.
While Gettinby recommended that the position remain merged, members of council went in the opposite direction.
“The combined position has worked effectively since the municipality’s inception on the basis that, while we have the same obligations as other municipalities, Brock has a relatively small population and a smaller full-time staff complement of 18 inside and 19 outside staff. The small size of the municipality and staffing complement has dictated that the position be ‘hands-on’. It is for these reasons that the position was combined, once again, upon the appointment of the undersigned,” the report reads.
“A separation of the position would mean that the role of the CAO would become more of a ‘strategic’ position providing high level advice to members of council and general direction and management of staff through the respective department heads. The statutory responsibilities related to the clerk would be removed in this scenario. Should council wish to separate the position, it is strongly recommended that the existing deputy clerk be appointed as the clerk with appropriate financial consideration being provided in recognition of the responsibilities of that position. in this scenario, the CAO would also be appointed as the deputy clerk.”
It concludes with the recommendation that council form a sub-committee – comprised of no more than three members – to oversee the recruitment process.
“The subcommittee may wish to consider the retention of a person with human resources experience to assist in the recruitment process of attending interviews, conducting reference checks, and the preparation of a suitable offer/contract to the chosen applicant. it is possible that the Region of Durham’s human resources department may be willing to provide assistance in this regard. It is acknowledged that Council has directed staff to supplement the 2019 operating budget with additional funds to consider the retention of a consultant to ‘manage’ the recruitment process.”
Council will form a sub-committee to oversee the hiring process and will promote current Deputy Clerk Becky Jamieson to the clerk’s role.
Gettinby’s final day is scheduled for April 5 but he told council he was willing to stay with the municipality on a provisional basis until May 31 to help with the transition.
Mayor Bath-Hadden also noted there’s the possibility the Township could hire an interim CAO to fill the position until a suitable full-time candidate is found.
Gettinby has served roughly two decades with the municipality in a variety of roles. He was appointed CAO/Clerk in the spring of 2010.
Prior to Monday’s meeting, Mayor Bath-Hadden said that Gettinby has certainly been an asset to the municipality over the years and will be missed by members of council and staff.
“He has always put the interest of Brock first in all his various roles. I will truly miss his vast knowledge of our world and having him as our go to person for reasoning, advice and outcomes,” she said.