Interim CAO takes over for Brock Township

Garth Johns has stepped into his role as the interim CAO of Brock Township.

A press release from the Township notes that Johns is a “respected senior leader, manager, consultant and author.”

“He is also a much sought-after presenter and speaker on topics relating to leadership, management and human resources. Mr. Johns is familiar with the Township of Brock and Region of Durham as he previously worked as the Commissioner of Human Resources for the Region of Durham,” it reads.

“As interim CAO, Mr. Johns will help ensure the Township’s commitment to excellent service delivery continues and lead the recruitment search for a permanent CAO.”

He takes over for Thom Gettinby, who retired after more than two decades with the municipality in a variety of roles.

“Members of Council and staff look forward to working with Mr. Johns. They would also like to thank former CAO & Municipal Clerk Thomas Gettinby for his commitment, dedication and service to Brock over the past 20 years and wish him all the best in his retirement,” it reads.

The municipality has also retained Dr. Garry Cubitt – who served as the CAO of Durham Region for more than 25 years – in a consulting role as council works to develop a new strategic plan.

Johns can be reached by email at or by phone at 705-432-2355 ext. 239.

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