Search firm won’t be used to find Cornwall CAO

CAO Norm Levac, seen here on the left during a December 2014 council meeting, has agreed to stay on as the city's top administrator until April 2016, delaying his retirement by a year. (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

CORNWALL – The city will be using its expertise in house to hire the corporation’s top administrator.

City council agreed Monday night to have the HR department do the recruiting process instead of hiring a professional search firm at $30,000-60,000.

After staying on past his retirement, CAO Norm Levac is scheduled to leave sometime in the spring.

The last time a CAO was selected, it was also done in-house, which saw Levac, then the head of infrastructure, replace Paul Fitzpatrick.

Coun. Claude McIntosh questioned why the timing is so late considering Levac is scheduled to leave office at the end of April.

Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy said there was discussions that started in September and some contingency plans are in the works.

“The CAO and I had a discussion, what happens if we don’t have a CAO? We have had those discussions,” the mayor said.

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