County merges jobs to find candidate

County council holds a special meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019. The county has merged two senior-level positions in order to find a new employee after two failed rounds to find a planning manager. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – The United Counties of SD&G has merged two high-level administrative jobs in its Pitt Street office in a bid to find someone to fill the position.

County council held a special meeting this morning (Monday) to approve the immediate recruitment for a “manager of planning and economic development.”

County CAO Tim Simpson told Cornwall Newswatch they went through two rounds of advertising for the planning position without a successful candidate. The position has been vacant since Alison McDonald left in November to work with the South Nation Conservation Authority.

Simpson added that the overall job description “wasn’t where it needed to be” to attract an ideal candidate.

The other position – the economic development and communications officer — held by Terry Besner, was eliminated in the merger.

The new job will pay between $90,000 and $100,000 plus benefits.

While not the main reason for combining the two jobs, it will save around $50,000 plus one benefit package. The economic development and communications officer position was a mid-$70,000 position while the manager of planning paid in the high $80,000 range.