Cornwall CAO leaving for SD&G

In this March 2017, file photo, Cornwall CAO Maureen Adams takes part in a city council meeting. Adams is leaving to be the CAO for the United Counties of SD&G. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Less than 24 hours after the municipal election, the chief administrative officer for the City of Cornwall is leaving.

But she’s not going far.

The United Counties of SD&G announced Tuesday afternoon that Maureen Adams is joining the county as its chief administrative officer (CAO).

She replaces Tim Simpson who retired this summer.

Adams’ first day is Jan. 3, 2023.

In a prepared statement, Warden Carma Williams said “council is thrilled to be making this exciting announcement as we chart a positive course into 2023.” Williams called it a “robust search” for a successor to Simpson.

Adams was hired by Cornwall in June 2008 as chief financial officer (CFO) after David Dick left to take a job at Queen’s University. She was then appointed CAO for Cornwall in May 2016 for the retiring Norm Levac.

Prior to her work with Cornwall, Adams had financial experience in the private sector as treasurer for Nissan Canada for over 10 years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University.

County council met behind closed doors last Monday (Oct. 17) for nearly three hours to talk about CAO recruitment. The closed session was under the Municipal Act considering matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.