Council starts interviewing CAO shortlist

The Town of Fort Frances should know who its new CAO will be by the next regular council meeting March 8, Mayor Dan Onichuk said this morning.
“We started interviewing the shortlist yesterday. We’re hoping to complete the process by next Thursday,” he noted.
“Short of a snowstorm or an earthquake, we should be able to make an announcement at the next council meeting,” Mayor Onichuk added.
These final interviews include the CAO selection committee consisting of Mayor Onichuk and Couns. Roy Avis and Neil Kabel, as well as the rest of council (Tannis Drysdale, Struchan Gilson, Rick Wiedenhoeft, and Todd Hamilton).
Although the town has been without a permanent CAO since Sept. 30, Mayor Onichuk previously had stressed the selection process must not be rushed and should leave no doubt in councillors’ minds that they made the right choice.
The candidates for the job were trimmed to a shortlist of three at the end of last month, at which time the finalists were approved by council to move on to the interview process.
The selection committee first met a half-dozen applicants for the position Jan. 9 in Thunder Bay.
A “headhunter” from the consulting firm of Wescott Thomas, which was retained by the town a few months ago as executive search consultant for the purpose of finding candidates for the position of CAO, initially had located more than 20 possible people for job, then narrowed it down to eight.
Mayor Onichuk said a new CAO could be on the job by mid-March, depending, for instance, on whether the person has to relocate or wrap up work in their current position before assuming the one here.
McCaig, who also is CEO and president of the Fort Frances Power Corp., has been acting CAO since Bill Naturkach retired Sept.